Eric's Weekly Round Up: Musharrif 8/1

Monday, 23 February 2015

3:10 Lingfield Winning Race Tips (24th February) LADBROKES MOBILE HANDICAP

With no sprint races this seven furlong is the best I can find. Also, it contains a couple of horses I've marked down in my sprints which look better suited by an extra furlong. There's not really much to say about a lot of these horses so I'll just do a very short summary.

Once horses step outside sprinting distances it is important to watch every race to determine whether there was genuine early pace. Unlike sprints, if there's a slow early pace there's insufficient distance to make up lost ground and times can be misleading.

John Bridger's Bookmaker comes out second best on my ratings. Divine Rule is third. Both like to be held up or track the leaders but from what I can see there's no natural front runners, which makes it even harder to solve. 

Two horses I had marked down as wanting an extra furlong are Tableforten and Black Truffle. The former's times have been on the slow side and even with this stiffer test I couldn't go for it. BLACK TRUFFLE 8/1, who is also my top rated holds claims. This bay gelding has tried this trip a couple of times and suffered trouble in running. If fortunes favour a clear run, Mark Usher's five-year-old must have a chance of making the frame if not winning. 

I would advise grabbing an each-way price because I think it will be much shorter odds come race time.

Don't forget, keep stakes to a minimum.

Black Truffle 10/1 2nd