The Channel 4 cameras are at Doncaster, Newbury and Kempton, and Sam Turner has the best bets.
The lightly-raced Predominance will be popular for this as he looked a class act in the making last season and should be even better now he has enjoyed time to mature and grow. He looks likely to be priced accordingly though and there could be a shade more value in KEYSTROKE
(best price 8-1) who clocked a good time on his comeback at Wolverhampton and already has a course and distance win on soft ground to his name.
Master Of Irony also boasts an attractive profile and looks well treated this term even if stall one looks an awkward berth to overcome.
Others to consider at decent prices include Carnival King
(best price 28-1), winner of a Newmarket maiden, who represents a yard which have sent out a placed horse and winner Manassas from just two runners.
KEYSTROKE - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1
CARNIVAL KING - 0.25pts e/w @ 28/1
(best price 12-1) won this event two years ago and looks to have been targeted at a repeat bid. His last run at this venue resulted in a smooth success and his track figures read a very respectable 134155541.
Shyron has developed into something of a Lingfield specialist and has claims if he can translate that form, while Intransigent is an interesting proposition now he returns to seven furlongs at a track where he chased home excellent yardstick Chookie Royale back in January.
GEORGIAN BAY - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1
The presence of French recruit Lord Of The Land as warm favourite for today’s Betway Lincoln muddies waters somewhat and provides punters with a decision to make. Do we trust in trainer David O’Meara’s ability as a target trainer and side with a horse who has the potential to leave handicaps behind this season or is the five-year-old purely favourite because the yard sent out a similar type in Mondialiste to finish runner-up 12 months ago and it is simply hype which has promoted Lord Of The Land to the head of the market.
All of the tasty ante-post prices disappeared long ago so O’Meara’s charge is reluctantly overlooked in preference for the Brendan Powell-trained BEACH BAR
(best price 33-1).
Beach Bar’s claims may not be immediately obvious but, unlike a number of his rivals, his fitness will not be an issue given he has been kept ticking over during a successful Dubai sojourn which has seen him run with great credit, not least on his final start in a well-contested handicap. The step up to a mile on easy ground combined with front-running tactics saw the selection run out an impressive scorer at Leicester last October and he could outrun his price if in the same form.
This race looks to have been the plan for some time for MUTARAKEZ
(best price 10-1) and, having touched on his trainer’s affinity and ability for readying horses for this meeting, it would be remiss not to have an interest on this course winner as well with the ground no issue.
BEACH BAR - 0.5pts e/w @ 33/1
MUTARAKEZ - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
It is difficult to build a solid case for SHANTOU MAGIC
(best price 8-1) but he has become an attractively handicapped horse this term and could be ready to exploit a slipping mark back on better ground. His yard have found some form in recent days and they struck at this venue yesterday in a similar affair so it could be worth taking a chance in a horse that has been afforded some leniency by the assessor.
Headly’s Bridge and Simply Wings could be two rivals at a price which could trouble the selection.
SHANTOU MAGIC - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1
(best price 6-1) won this race first time out three seasons ago and boasts track figures of 10103441. Ryan Moore looks an intriguing booking and he could give some younger rivals something to think about.
Veteran Maarek should give a good account with conditions to suit while last week’s Lingfield scorer Alben Star is clearly in brilliant form.
French recruit Suedois will be an unknown quantity to many but has a Deauville Group 3 win on his cv. Shared Equity won a York handicap in style last October, but was 5l behind Jack Dexter here on his final start of the campaign and reference is for the selection to make a winning start to his season.
JACK DEXTER - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1
A mark of 115 doesn’t appear excessive for LADY OF LAMANVER
(best price 13-2) who was agonisingly beaten at Fontwell last time, but can gain compensation here. The selection bumped into a decent mare that day in Sunshine Corner and the time was such that Harry Fry’s charge looks primed to take a hand in today’s feature.
Avispa doesn’t always find much off the bridle but should have benefited from a recent Ludlow outing, while Rene’s Girl and Surtee Du Berlais are others to consider.
LADY OF LAMANVER - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
John Gosden’s two runners in this race have both been placed and MUWAARY
(best price 4-1) is a very interesting runner on his return to action following a lengthy absence. The fact he has remained in training as a 5yo looks a tip in itself.
Belardo may have been flattered finishing so close to Solow at Ascot in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but it was still a very smart effort and he handles cut well. Master Carpenter and Custom Cut enjoyed good seasons and are contenders although the former looked happier over 10f last term and seems a better horse with a run under his belt.
MUWAARY - 1pt @ 4/1
A tricky heat with the improving Volunteer Point sure to be fancied following her win on AW Finals day at Lingfield. However, she looks a better filly at 7f and could be vulnerable late to the likes of REDSTART
(best price 4-1) who won the Fred Darling on her reappearance at Newbury last year before finding the ground too fast in the Guineas. Her yard landed this event five years ago and have made a bright start to the new season.
Last year’s winning connections saddle Kyllachy Queen, 2nd to Lamar at Wolverhampton last time and a winner of an Italian Listed event, while Merry Me is another to catch the eye.
REDSTART - 1pt @ 4/1
Impossible to be dogmatic about this race given so many unknown factors but CREATE A DREAM
(best price 5-4) is reported to be as good as anything trainer Wesley Ward has run in this country for a while and she could prove too strong for main market rival The Last Lion. The selection is certainly bred to be able to shift, being a daughter of Oasis Dream out of an Anabaa mare although she faces stiff opposition in Choisir colt The Last Lion who is the choice of a number of possible from a yard that have made an outstanding start to the campaign with their juveniles.
CREATE A DREAM - 1pt @ 5/4