Monday 19th February

2.45pm Lingfield – Finnegan’s Garden 2pts Win (7/4)

A 35 length winner 3 starts back under today’s pilot Tommy Dowling, this appears to be a golden opportunity for Finnegan’s Garden to register another victory. Over course and distance last time out he raced from 8lbs out of the handicap to be second behind a subsequent winner. Not only is he effectively 8lbs lower than that run today, he also drops from a Class 4 back into Class 5 company. Moreover his trainer, Zoe Davison, is having a terrific season with 9 winners from her 37 runners (24% strike rate) and I can see that being increased today.

4.05pm Carlisle – Letemgo 1.5pts Win (5/2)

It’s impossible to ignore the claims of Letemgo who arrives here in fine form. Following two wins on the bounce at Kelso and Ayr, he escapes a penalty for the latter victory which enables him to race of the same mark with Ross Chapman back on board. Everything looks set for another big run and with his trainer Andrew Hamilton sitting top of the in-form trainers charts with a 100% strike rate in the past two weeks (2-2), the hat-trick beckons.

4.40pm Carlisle – Shanroe Santos 2pts Win (7/2)

Brian Hughes has been on fire recently, none more so than when he racked up a treble on what was bound to be a very memorable Saturday at Ascot just 2 days ago. He gets the ride on Lucy Wadham’s Shanroe Santos today, who I think will get back to winning ways. Pulled up when last seen at Sandown, I can very much forgive him for that in what was a competitive race, that run came just a month after his gallant second in the Sussex National and likely he was still feeling the effects. Having had a couple more weeks to recover he should be back firing today. His third in a Grade 3 at Cheltenham in December looks a very strong piece of form in the context of this field and back down to his last winning mark today, I think he’ll be going very well.

 

7.20pm Kempton – Luna Eclipse 1.5pts Win (11/4)

Luna Eclipse took in a pair of fairly hot maidens at Salisbury on his first couple of appearances for Andrew Balding. The second one in particular where he had the likes of Nyaleti, Billesdon Brook, Shabaaby and Alba Power to contend with. His latest start was over 7f at Kempton and to me that was by the far the best he has shaped in any of his races thus far, staying on nicely to be third ahead of the 96 rated Ghost Serge, he was no match for the front pair but they both look very smart horses. A further furlong now on his handicap debut off a mark of 69 (which should be well within his compass), this test should suit him well. With rising star Oisin Murphy back on board, I’m expecting a good run.

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