Saturday, 23 February 2013
Lingfield - York Glory !
Some big jumps races taking place today here and in Ireland with trials for many of the leading contenders that will shake up the ante post markets in both the Gold Cup and Grand National.
However, although I will have an eye on Wyck Hill's performance at Kempton, I am looking at Lingfield today as there are a few sprint races on there.
A horse that was on my horses to follow list last season was York Glory and he didnt perform with much glory during the summer months, but having encountered the All Weather he has shown improved form.
On his course and distance form in November when he beat Swiss Cross by half a length, having travelled well, he has a big chance of dominating the race from the front under stable jockey Philip Makin with there being no other obvious runner to take him on for the lead. In that race he recorded a winning time of 1m 9.93s which is as good a time as we have seen here all season. The second, who was in form at the time, has since gone out of form having run a further 8 times.
Of course this is a Listed race and the competition is no push over and the favourite Farmleigh House also has very good all weather form and has travelled over from Ireland for this. He holds the course record for 6f at Dundalk but when he won here last time he ony recorded a time of 1m 10.13s when winning by a neck with Piscean running on well in third. Piscean also beat York Glory at Wolverhampton last time over 6f but the selection seemed to idle in front up the straight and Piscean had a clear run up the stands side with only 3 other runners in the field.
Piscean will love the pace today and will be flying late as is his want but he has never won over 6f here and if York Glory sets a similar pace to his win in November he could be difficult to pass - 11/4 Paddy Power, Bet Victor and Stan James - plus you could also put York Glory, Farmleigh House and Piscean in a tricast.
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