Lingfield’s all-weather track stages the second edition of the Racing League Series on Thursday evening. We will provide horse racing tips for the seven-race card, all covered live by ITV4 cameras.
“Tip of the Day” - Neandra (7.40pm) - 7/2 with bet365
On a difficult card, this mile and a half handicap may rest between two of the three horses from the Classic generation, with Andrew Balding’s charge fancied to come out on top.
5.10pm Lingfield. 7f
Our Tip: Aberama Gold (e.w.) - 10/1 with William Hill (5 places)
A wide-open 14-runner seven furlong handicap to begin the evening. While it is hard to rule many of the runners out of the equation, it could be worth taking a chance on joint top weight Aberama Gold who will be trying this trip for the first time in almost three years.
The Keith Dalgleish-trained five year-old has been running consistently well over six furlongs this season without getting his head in front and it may be that the gelding just lacks that speed which earned him a rating as high as 103 last year.
With talented claimer Ryan Sexton taking 5lb off, Aberama Gold is a sporting selection in a difficult opener.
5.40pm Lingfield. 7f
Our Tip: Buckshaw Village (e.w.) - 16/1 with bet365 (4 places)
Another difficult seven furlong handicap to solve, a race which should be treated with plenty of caution. The Richard Fahey-trained Buckshaw Village has yet to trouble the judge in eleven starts to date. But the son of Birchwood, a promising juvenile with a rating of 81, hasn’t really progressed as a three-year-old and now runs off a mark some 10lb lower.
The mount of Harrison Shaw clearly has ability and on his first start since being gelded, the horse will not need to improve too much to win a race of this nature.
6.10pm Lingfield. 7f
Our Tip: Kiss N Cuddle (Nb) - 7/2 with bet365
The David Evans-trained Kiss N Cuddle has done nothing but improve since finishing down the field on his debut in the Brocklesby at Doncaster, winning races at Leicester (twice) and Chester along with narrow defeats at Beverley and at last week’s opening Racing League fixture on Town Moor.
After holding a clear lead, Adam Kirby’s mount didn’t help his cause by wandering around in the closing stages. But the grey son of Clodovil was still beaten only a length and a half and could prove the one to beat if taking to an all-weather surface for the first time.
6.40pm Lingfield. 1m 2f
Our Tip: Cubana Habana - 11/2 with Coral
The two horses at the top of the weights, Zenga and Cubana Habana are open to plenty more improvenet on just their fourth starts. The form of the former’s win at Wolverhampton last month has taken a few knocks however, whereas Richard Fahey’s charge, an easy winner at Hamilton back in May, may have faced a tough task in trying to concede 7lb to the Roger Varian-trained Julia Augusta on his most recent start.
That horse, from the stable responsible for Zenga, has since gone on to run well in defeat at Newbury, earning a mark of 92. So off a rating some 8lb lower, Jamie Spencer’s mount appears well-treated on his handicap debut.
7.10pm Lingfield. 1m 2f
Our Tip: Jewel Maker (e.w.) - 6/1 with William Hill (5 places)
It is impossible to claim that tonight’s Racing League races are not competitive as here we have yet another conundrum to solve courtesy of this 1m 2f handicap. It can only be a matter of time before Tregony, winner of five races in 2021, opens her account for this season following several creditable efforts of late. But on this occasion I just prefer the chances of the Tim Easterby-trained Jewel Maker.
The seven-year-old, an easy winner at Haydock on Sunday, has an excellent record on an artificial surface with three wins to date along with a number of decent placed efforts. This will be the first visit to Lingfield for David Allen’s mount who looks well-treated under a 4lb penalty for that facile victory of four days ago.
7.40pm Lingfield. 1m 4f
Our Tip: Neandra (Nap) - 7/2 with bet365
On a difficult card, it may be possible to narrow this 1m 4f handicap down to two of the trio of three-year-olds in the race, Neandra and Storm Castle, both coming from top stables in those of Andrew Balding and John & Thady Gosden respectively.
The unexposed duo ran out easy winners on their most recent starts. But whereas Neandra looked straightforward in putting six lengths between herself and the opposition on her handicap debut over course and distance last month, Storm Castle showed clear signs of temperament at Chelmsford despite finishing well on top at the end of that maiden contest.
While Sean Levey’s mount will need to defy a 8lb penalty in an effort to follow-up, Neandra is expected to prove up to it if the filly is able to gain a decent position from her draw in stall one.
8.10pm Lingfield. 2m
Our Tip: Zain Nights (e.w.) (Longshot) - 7/1 with Coral (4 places)
Yet another open race to end proceedings for the evening in which the Harry & Roger Charlton-trained Zain Nights is given the vote on the gelding’s first start on an artificial surface.
After two decent efforts at Newbury earlier in the year, the mount of 3lb claimer Saffie Osborne finally got his head in front for the season with a game victory at the Berkshire racecourse before heading to Glorious Goodwood for a classy handicap won by St Leger hopeful Secret State.
There was no disgrace in finishing six lengths behind a potential Group horse on the Sussex Downs and back into Class 3 company, the only three-year-old in the race can chalk one down to the Classic generation.