The winter snap is finally setting in but amid the snow, rain and generally miserable conditions the all-weather tracks salvage hope and promise guaranteed racing (almost!). Southwell, Wolverhampton, Kempton and Lingfield all operate throughout the winter and it also looks like Great Leighs may be on the verge of reopening.
Lingfield and Kempton are well and truly open and hosting some good racing. Both have decent cards on Wednesday and there are some horses that we have previously tipped up running again. One of those is CRISTAL GEM, who has left Richard Hannon for Andrew Reid and, with conditions likely to be ideal for this former course and distance winner who is also 4lbs well in, he should be able to get his head in front this time.
WHERE’S REILLY goes to Lingfield on the back of two handicap wins at Southwell, after becoming somewhat of a specialist around there. He has yet to run at Lingfield but the track should suit. The five year old has the services of one J P Spencer and the field he is up against looks poor to say the least, the main threat looking to be 67 rated Grudge of Connor Dor, who won in this grade at Wolverhampton in June, but on official ratings has 12lb to find under Tom Queally.
NUMERAL found one too good behind Iron Step, who completed the hat-trick in a class four handicap last month at Kempton, but can bounce back in style over 7 furlongs at Lingfield in the 2.10. Numeral was also on a three-timer after two impressive wins at Kempton Park and the well bred son of Holy Roman Emperor can get his head in front here. The form from the gelding’s last few races has worked out well with Requisite, City Legend, Grandma’s Dream, Milluvstobougie and Liby’s Dream all coming out to win.
Across at Kempton Park, a horse of interest at a good price could be the lightly raced filly BINT ELNADIM, who runs her first race in handicap company in the 6.50, a class six handicap over seven furlongs. The most obvious piece of form in the race is her run behind the Dandy Nicholls trained Chokidar last time out in a Wolverhampton maiden. Although an 80/1 shot, she had some decent sorts behind her, and the winner has since finished first and second in two subsequent runs.
Trainer John Best has started the all weather season well and had a decent looking winner in a Lingfield maiden on Monday, enough to suggest the yard is in good nick and SKETCHY EVIDENCE can build further. The chestnut colt was a 13/2 third on debut and should come on for that first run, where he was a bit lively and failed to settle. Hopefully he won’t be as green with that experience under his belt he could prove one to keep on the right side.
12.40 Lingfield – Cristal Gem (Nap)
13.40 Lingfield – Where’s Reilly
14.10 Lingfield – Numeral
17.20 Kempton – Sketchy Evidence
18.50 Kempton – Bint Elnadim
The Yorkshireman – Jack Milner @JJMsports