Tom Lee's All-Weather Championships Blog & Saturday's Best Bets


Godolphin's Dubawi gelding Anglophile was last weekend's all-weather headline maker, giving trainer Charlie Appleby a 1-3 in the feature two mile Conditions race at Lingfield Park on Saturday afternoon, in a contest the five-year-old has now won two years on the spin. 

In doing so, he also bagged a slot in the £150,000 Marathon on Finals Day on Good Friday, a race in which he was beaten just a head in 2015, when ridden by William Buick.

Since then, jockey Martin Lane has struck up a positive association with the strong stayer, and after Saturday's race had this to say:

"They have gone a strong gallop, which is the key to Anglophile as he is an out-and-out stayer. He switched off lovely and I knew that they were going a solid gallop in front, so I was always happy.

"I spoke to Charlie earlier and we knew that there was plenty of speed in the race and the plan was to pick up the pieces.

"It was his third run of the season, so he was going to be qualified for Good Friday no matter what happened. It was just a question of whether we were going to get a good gallop today or not and, thankfully, we did.

Lingfield Races : News Photo

"It's hard to tell whether he is better this year compared to last season. The two that have beaten him this season are quality, improving horses. Anglophile is tough but he just needs a genuine gallop and this was the first time that he has had it this season.  

"He had finished second on his three previous starts, when they have gone steady, but the solid gallop today suited him so well.

"He will be coming against better horses again on Good Friday, so hopefully we will be guaranteed a strong pace. Whether he is good enough is another question but, if they go half a stride too quick, he will always pick them up."

Lane is one of the established stars of the weighing room, but just starting out on his own journey to the top is Adam McNamara, who on just his third ever ride booted home a winner at Chelmsford on Thursday of last week, storming to success on Richard Fahey's 8/1 shot Summerinthecity. 

The duo get a quick chance to prove that was no flash in the pan at Lingfield Park on Saturday, as they are re-united in the opening Unibet Daily Enhanced Place Terms Handicap (1.40pm).

Up five pounds for a length and a quarter margin of victory in Essex, Summerinthecity is going to have to pull out more here, and this looks an ideal chance to take him on with David O'Meara's Seamster, who chased him home at Chelmsford.

Lingfield Races : News Photo

Up two pounds for his troubles, Seamster makes just his fourth start for O'Meara, but it's worth noting this eight time winner has been favourite on two of his three outings for his new stable, and his latest effort provided a strong hint that his time is coming. 

Later in the afternoon there's a quality mile handicap with £11,500 up for grabs, in which a field of eight are set to scrap it out (3.25pm).

However, four of the eight are returning to the track off a break of 120 days or more, and it may pay to side with those who are sharp from a recent run. 

Forceful Appeal and Intrude were first and sixth in a race run over course and distance a fortnight ago, but given it was his first run for four months the latter may now improve and gain his revenge.

Prior to two weeks ago Intrude was unbeaten in both career all-weather starts, and with his mark unchanged he can concede weight to all comers under Jamie Spencer. 

Bear in mind he has already won at Lingfield, plus his trainer has his string in rattling good form, with David Simcock enjoying a glut of winners in the last 10 days or so. 

Back him to win.

Good luck!

 

Saturday's best bets on the all-weather:

1.40 Lingfield - Unibet Daily Enhanced Place Terms Handicap - 2 Seamster (win)

3.25 Lingfield - Ladbrokes Handicap - 1 Intrude (win)