Wednesday 7th March

4.00pm Lingfield – Helvetian 1.5pts Win (3/1)

A small field for this contest but I think this will fall into the hands of Helvetian. Both Joegogo and Prestbury Park like to go forward and they could light each other up causing a frantic early pace which will suit Helvetian who can swoop past down the straight. He was an impressive handicap winner back in January and ran a good race last time behind a rival who he was on much worse terms with from a prior meeting in a contest that wasn’t run to suit. I’d expect much more suitable circumstances today and he can bounce back.

5.00pm Lingfield – Cliffs Of Dover 2pts Win (9/4)

I’m actually a little surprised that Cliffs Of Dover isn’t a short priced favourite for this given the ability he’s shown over hurdles the past year. Since moving to Paul Nicholls he’s won 6 from 8 starts, his disappointing effort in the Kingwell Hurdle last time can be forgiven as it was on ground that wasn’t ideal and he was returning from a 434 day break. He never ran over further than 1m4f when with Charles Hills and the increased stamina test he’s received since moving to Nicholls has worked wonders and on his first flat start for the yard off a mark of just 64 he can make a mockery of his current rating.

6.40pm Kempton – Lovely Approach 1pt Win (13/2)

This beautifully bred son of New Approach made an encouraging debut at Newcastle when behind a nice sort of John Gosden’s and will likely come on for that run today and can put that experience to good use. The third from that contest has since come out and won a maiden by 6 lengths so it looks like a decent piece of form. Herecomesthesun carries a penalty from her Salisbury win and has to concede weight to the selection following a break which won’t be easy.

7.10pm Kempton – Fortune’s Pearl 1.5pts Win (4/1)

Gronkowski is a warm order for this contest and understandably so given his emphatic victories since being switched to the all-weather with blinkers applied, but he looks pretty short considering the level of opposition he has been up against. Therefore Fortune’s Pearl looks a good bit of value at 4/1, the Novice ran he won at Newmarket is working out very well and he followed that up with a fifth in a Group 3 behind Elarqam so he has experience against good quality horses and even though he has a break to overcome, the in-form pair of Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy can team up again with a winner here.


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