15:25 Lingfield

Monday 19 March 2018

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Betway Stayers Handicap

Class 5  |   1m 7f 169y  |   Standard  |   7 Runners  |   Polytrack
Off time: 15:30  |   Winning time: 3m 24.87s
Weighed In
1
(5)
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: R Winston |  T: N J Gifford|  OR: 77
7/1

Switched to the Flat from hurdles/fences and has made a pretty good show of things so far in maidens on the AW (placed three times). Now goes into handicaps in this sphere for the first time getting the stiffer test that he needs.

2
(10)
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-13  |  J: M Dwyer |  T: Suzi Best|  OR: 76|  CD
25/1

Out of form when last seen back in 2016 but does have a 121 record over C&D. Hard horse to catch right but back on his last winning mark and should be watched in the market given his shrewd connections and record here.

3
(8)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-13  |  J: Callum Shepherd |  T: E De Giles|  OR: 76|  D
10/1

First run at the track and returns from an absence having been in good form last summer when racing on decent ground (won three staying handicaps). Last run can be forgotten (ground went against him); may need this off a break though.

4
(7)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-12  |  J: Hector Crouch |  T: G L Moore|  OR: 75|  CD
10/3

Made the most of a good opportunity to win a C&D seller and returned to his best to follow up over the same trip at Kempton. Up 5lb for that win but has gone well of more competitive marks in the past and one to consider.

5
(9)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-11  |  J: M Harley |  T: A King|  OR: 74
10/1

Showed improved form when last seen on the Flat around a year ago when winning a 1m2f maiden. Ran with credit in a couple of turf handicaps but has run poorly over hurdles this season; returns to the Flat with questions to answer.

7
(3)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-10  |  J: A Kirby |  T: Mrs L J Mongan|  OR: 73
14/1

Slipped in the weights and has shown some promise of late although seemingly given plenty to do on a few occasions. Never nearer at Kempton last time (took strong hold) and needs plenty to drop his way ridden in this fashion.

8
(2)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: Megan Nicholls |  T: P F Nicholls|  OR: 71|  CD
5/4

A more than useful hurdler for this yard showed that he maintained a fair amount of Flat ability when winning over C&D last time. That performance probably better than it looked given how keen he was; more to come even off this 7lb higher mark.

9
(4)
Age: 11|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: S Donohoe |  T: J Farrelly|  OR: 69|  C|  D
12/1

Fair performer who has caught the eye on a couple of occasions for this yard especially last time out when coming from a far from ideal position over C&D. Never landed a blow last time but still looks well weighted on his old form.

10
(6)
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Jason Watson |  T: P Butler|  OR: 64|  C
50/1

Dual winner on the AW back in 2016 he missed last season due to injury. Fit from jumping last time on his first run for this yard he showed very little and looks to have a tough task here.

Non-Runners

6
(1)
Tor145
Weight: 9-10|  Age: 4
T: I Jardine  J: Non Runner
Betting

Forecast

Cliffs Of Dover (5/4), Age Of Wisdom (10/3), Give Him Time (7/1), Akavit (10/1), Rosa Damascena (10/1), Retrieve (12/1), Tor (12/1), Ardamir (14/1), Planetoid (25/1), Jamhoori (50/1)

Verdict
Quite a few here that would make some appeal and it should lead to a competitive contest although it’s hard to deny the claims of CLIFFS OF DOVER who made a very sound return to the Flat last time out despite being a shade keen and there looks more in his locker. Age Of Wisdom comes here seeking a hat-trick and is hard to ignore with Ardamir worth a look especially if he is ridden more positively. The market signals should tell us what to expect from Planetoid while Give Him Time gets the test that he needs on the Flat with Rosa Damascena looking to bounce back to her best after proving disappointing over hurdles having shown some good form previously on the Flat.
  1. Cliffs Of Dover
  2. Age Of Wisdom
  3. Ardamir
Prize Money
1st: £3,752.002nd: £1,116.003rd: £558.004th: £300.005th: £300.006th: £300.007th: £300.008th: £300.00

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