The Jumps game has been decimated this week in no small part to storm Eleanor but they race at Sandown, Chepstow, with the rearranged Welsh National and Wincanton this weekend. I am watching rather than punting though and will be sticking with the all-weather for bets.
The race of the day at Lingfield is at 2.20 the Lingfield Play For Free At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Conditions Stakes over the mile. The Tom Dascombe trained Arcanada will be jolly and arrives top rated off the back of his handicap win over track and trip in November. He did that pretty nicely but the yard has been winless since which is a bit of a concern and this is tougher. Seven-year-old My Target loves it here, has won over seven furlongs and is a five-time track and trip winner; put together a run of wins in early 2017 that led to a tilt at the All-weather Mile Championships last Easter. Looked like a horse that needed a run on 31st December after a six-month break weakening late-on but that will hopefully have blown away the cobwebs. At the prices, I am on the Michael Wigham trained seven-year-old at 15-2.
At 3.30 ten will line-up for the 1m2f 32redsport.com Fillies' Handicap. My eye has been caught by the grey mare Miss Minuty who won over course and distance last month showing a good attitude to reel in Squire. The yard of Jeremy Scott is in going well over the jumps and on the all-weather and Jason Watson rides again taking off 7lb. I have the 11-2 early doors.
Later at 6.15 Kempton hosts the 32Red Casino Fillies' Novice Stakes (Div2) over seven furlongs. At first glance it looks an easy task for Promising, the Hannon trained filly boasting placed form in Group 3’s but she has been off the track since her one run at three when third in the Fred Darling at Newbury back in April. She has to give the opposition chunks of weight, other than Peace Terms, and might be one to take on. Charlie Appleby sends Sayf Shamal to make her debut and the chestnut three-year-old filly is interesting. Being out of Alizes, a mare Godolphin have used a few times, she is a half-sister to a couple of winners whilst sire Elusive Quality was a very good dirt horse in his day and has gone on to become a leading US sire. I have taken a chance at 3-1 that she might be able turnover the jolly.