There is a plethora of racing to get involved with this weekend if you choose, top class stuff here in the UK and across the Irish Sea. I am once again concentrating on the All-Weather at Lingfield and Kempton for my bets.
The 6f Listed Betway Cleves Stakes at 1.45 (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) sees eleven got to post including the recent winner for me Gorgeous Noora. Jeremy Noseda saddles Cenotaph for his first visit here; the seven-year-old run up a hat-trick at Chelmsford last year having moved from the yard of Aidan O'Brien and has finished second at Kempton twice so should be fine here. Last years winner Kachy is back and was last seen winning at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day following wind surgery making all winning as he liked. A similar effort here would probably be good enough and though the draw could have been kinder the 6yo looks a solid banker at 4-5.
The main race of the day in Surrey is the Listed 1m2f Betway Winter Derby Trial Stakes (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) at 2.55. Wissahickon has to give them all a few pounds but is clear top-rated following his Listed Quebec Stakes victory over C&D in December. I do not like tipping odds-on shots, let alone two in one day and he is 8-11 best, but he won so comfortably that day looking to hae bundles in hand and should not be opposed. Big Country was second in that race and is better off at the weights but still looks up against it.
Over at Kempton under the lights at 5.15 the 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes should go to Global Spectrum at 9-4. Won on debut last year in an eleven runner event over this C&D and with the usual progression on his second start expected the colt should be too good for this field looking for a C&D double.
At 5.45 they line-up for the 6f 32Red Casino Handicap. The James Tate trained filly Distant Mirage may have got in here off a very workable mark or 66. Reportedly working well on the Cambridge Road Polytrack at HQ the form of her third place at Wolverhampton in December behind Evasive Power and Glorious Emaraty looks pretty good to me - second has gone well since. Luke Morris was booked to ride early in the week and she is worth a punt at 5-1.