Thursday, 2 April 2015
There are a few sprints on tomorrow but nothing inspires me that much.
Pretend is a short price to win the 6f All Weather Sprint Championship at Lingfield. He is 4-4 over 5f at Wolverhampton and this course, but is 0-2 over 6f and 7f at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton.
He came with a storming run here last time over 5f when beating last years winner of this race Alben Star and Boom The Groom. However Alben Star will have the assistance of Ryan Moore this time and Alben Star needed the whole of the Lingfield 6f when he won this last year so will be doing all his best work at the finish as will Rivellino - so Pretend will have his work cut out if he is to prevail.
Chookie Royale drawn 4 should be able to set the pace for them all to fly at as Pretend and Alben Star are drawn 1 and 2 and they will probably sit out the back with Rivellino who is drawn in 11.
Last years race was run in a time of 1 min 9.73secs so Pretend has at least another 11 seconds running to do based on his latest 5f race here.
If I was having a bet I would probably take a chance with Alben Star.
There are a couple of sprints at Musselburgh - the Class 2 at 3.30 doesn't look the greatest race ever and you would hope that
(6/4) would be forward enough to win this. Blaine takes a few runs to come to hand and 3 of the others are aged 9, 10 and 13 whilst Bapak Bangsawan is only rated 67.
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