A hearty crowd turned up on Saturday evening to Lingfield Park just twenty miles or so away from the hustle and bustle of Epsom Downs for a seven race card which despite lacking any star performers still made for a tricky card for punters to solve.
It was also Countryside Day here,sometimes these types of meetings are normally associated with the winter game but this meeting is a regular one in the courses fixture highlights.
Seven races then and despite not being the highest quality card we were treated to some nice finishes on a lovely evening in Surrey.
5.45 £25 Free Bet At 188Bet Amateur Riders’ Handicap,Class 6,1m2f,4yo+ (0-60) AW
City Ground made all here for Serena Brotherton on his first start for Mick Appleby since leaving Mick Easterby’s stable, drawn ideally in stall one right up the inner he took this comfortably and could offer a bit more even at the age of 9, Engai back in second stayed on well enough.
Favourite Barnaby Brook tried to get a hat trick of wins but was outpaced before running on
6.20 188Bet.co.uk Handicap,Class 5,1m2f,3yo'(0-75) AW
A competitive 3yo race for the grade here which resulted in a tidy win for Frozen Force for Kieran Shoemark and Amanda Perret, he had to be driven right out but he looked to thrive on it as he did the extra two furlongs and could offer much more at this trip
0.75 lengths back in second was Mighty Lady who appreciated the return to the Polytrack,Mayasa back in third tried to make all but did keep on after being swallowed up.
6.50 Gorman Gamble Handicap,Class 6,1m3f 106yds,4yo+ (0-55) Turf
Not a race to take the winning form on trust,this was a shockingly poor contest but one in which a winner had to be found.
Catharina brushed the opposition aside very readily here,held up under Renato Souza she led with 2f to go and didn’t look like she was stopping for the Dean Ivory yard,this was half a mile further than she has raced before and it could be the making of her, The stable second string Spinning Rose came second but was six lengths down with back in third Foylesideview who kept on.
7.20 Alan Parfitt Memorial Maiden Auction Stakes,Class 5,5f,2yo Turf
Experience came to the fore in a fair juvenile race for the grade as Simmie learnt plenty from her debut run at Chepstow under young Ed Greatrex,leading in the last furlong she was all out to hold off Kody Ridge who rallied towards the end by a short head and gave trainer Sylvester Kirk like Dean Ivory a winner at both Epsom and Lingfield,she could make up into a fair handicapper
Favourite Biologist fluffed her lines at the start and missed the break losing ten lengths but she should learn after coming in off the naughty step
7.50 Des Kelly Memorial Handicap,Class 4,6f,4yo+ (0-85) Turf
This evenings feature race and a fair contest with the usual mixed bag of improves and horses needing respite from the handicapper.
A tidy piece of riding by John Fahy here on Cool Bahamian who made late headway with 2f out and came out on top in the last half furlong,this was a pound below his last winning mark,he was third in last seasons Jockey Club Grassroots Sprint Final and that could be his target, Justice First back in second should find a race somewhere,Silver Rainbow back in third needed the run and can pick something up.
8.20 188Bet Maiden Fillies’ Stakes,Class 5,7f,3yo+ Turf
This looked a nice enough race of its type and should throw a few future winners out of it
Something of a surprise here as 20-1 outsider Cliffhanger easily got the upper hoof of odds on favourite Aflame, at the back of the pace she picks her way through the field and led past Aflame in the last furlong to score by 1.75 lengths.
Plenty to like about the winner,she now qualifies for handicaps and looks like she will get a mile too,Aflame was dropping back in trip after her debut run over 1m,debutant Andanotherone was back in third and will have learned a lot.
8.50 French Open Tennis At 188Bet Fillies’ Handicap,Class 5,5f,3yo+ (0-70) Turf
Experience triumphed over youth here with the two 7yo mares Pucon making all and giving Beau Mistral an easy five length beating,she in turn was 1.75 lengths ahead of Remember Me who was the first of the 3yo home.
Pucon loves Lingfield winning on both turf and the polytrack,this is her level,Beau Mistral benefitted from the drop back to 5f which the trip that she has won all her six races at
Shufoog,3yo filly trained by William Haggis,didn’t get the best of runs in the second race but has plenty to offer.
Time To Exceed,3yo filly trained by Henry Candy ran ok in the sixth race and will be better when she gets a mark after her next run.
Next up on here we go from four legs to two for athletics as Olympic places are up for grabs in Birmingham at the British Championships in a few weeks time,till then it’s time for a little break from what has been a real busy and hectic few months