There is a fascinating fillies’ maiden to start the proceedings at Lingfield with debutantes Winter Queen and Peace And War (2.10) of particular interest and it is the latter that gets the vote for Olly Stephens. The filly cost $300,000 as a yearling and is bred to act on an artificial surface.
The yard, at the time of writing, have not had a juvenile winner this term but they saddled the runner up in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the weekend and while Peace And War might never reach the heights of stablemate Lightning Thunder she can make a winning debut.
There is plenty of pace in the 5f handicap with Royal Acquisition bidding to go one better than when runner up in a first time hood over C&D earlier in the month, but I just favour Marmalady (2.40) back at the minimum trip.
The form of her third to Intrinsic at Ascot has been franked by the winner scoring again at Goodwood and she should be spot on.
Secret Success (3.10) was all at sea on the soft ground at Salisbury last time and will appreciate the return to an artificial surface although he has never raced at Lingfield. He is only 2lbs higher than when scoring at Kempton back in April and the form of his third to Lawmans Thunder is top class polytrack form.
He is 1lb lower today and his apprentice Duilio Da Silva takes off a valuable 5lbs.
Elpida (4.40) can break her duck at the second time of asking for David Simcock whose Newmarket yard are in such good form after a slow start to the campaign.