Friday 17 March 2017

2:25 Lingfield Racing Tips (17th March) MAIDEN STAKES (Class 5) (3yo) Winner £2,911 5 runners 1m4f Standard ATR

A Maiden Stakes over 1m 4f on Standard going. 

Five three-year-olds take part. All have race experience. A few of these could well be class. 

The betting suggests this is a three-horse race. 

Temir Kazyk and Indian Red are best watched unless the former is seriously backed. 

Let's start with the favourite. Here And Now is owned by J H Richmond-Watson who has had a number of exceptional horses in racing. In fact, the mare of this bay colt is none other than Oaks winner Look Here, similarly trained by Ralph Beckett. From a breeding perspective, this could be a quality horse. There was a lot to like about this horse's debut effort when just held at Kempton over 1m 3f. A narrow loss by a head to an experienced winner was a supreme effort. Interesting to note that another of today's runners re-opposes. 

David Simcock's Balashakh has raced three times and strongly fancied on each start. It details a class horse. This son of Blame cost $100,000 at the yearling sales. He was made favourite at Kempton when a neck behind Here And Now. This extra furlong would suggest that Balashakh may struggle to hold Beckett's charge. 

The last of the trio is Charles Hills Born Legend. This son of Born To Sea finished last on debut and 100-1 second start. He was 66-1 when finishing a respectable third when beaten less than one length. 

Conclusion: An intriguing race. I wouldn't look beyond the two favourites: Here And Now & Balashakh. I, personally, wouldn't look beyond Ralph Beckett's son of Dansili. Potentially a horse going places.