Baby it’s cold outside as the old song goes but all being well I have one to lift the gloom and warm the cockles this afternoon.
The five furlong Betway Dash Handicap down at Lingfield at 2.10 is the race of the day to my eyes (especially with all other meetings now abandoned) and there is one that I have to be on. Royal Birth may not jump off the page at you with recent form figures of 13, 2, 14, 5, 6, 8 but stick with me. 5½ lengths behind Gifted Master in a Listed race here over the six last time he was going well before fading late on. All his seven career wins have been over five and the six-year-old is two from two over this track and trip. I can see this heat being run at a strong pace and he can slip in behind the likes of Alsvinder and Gracious John early before picking them off late. With Aaron Jones taking off a handy 3lb the Stuart Williams inmate is strongly fancied to win this at a tasty looking 6-1.