THE £2million Racing League rolls into Lingfield on Thursday with more chopping and changing in the standings the order of the evening.
Picking a winner has proved a tricky task for punter so far – but here SunSport's Steve Mullen runs the rule over every race on the night.
STRIKE RED isn’t the easiest of rides but Paddy Mathers got a nice tune out of him when winning on Racing League’s opening night at Newcastle.
He had something left in the tank crossing the line to back up a convincing success at Hamilton.
Richard Fahey’s hope stays in the same grade and can go close again.
Copinet was a good third over 5f last time when hitting the front too early. He bodes on well and should appreciate this longer trip.
Letmelivemylife caught the eye when an unlucky fourth at Haydock. He tanked along but couldn’t get a gap until the winner had flown. He’s off the same mark and trainer Alan King is in cracking form.
Marks Bear ran well in second at Doncaster last week and should be in the hunt again given his winning Polytrack form at Chelmsford as a two year-old.
Isle Of Lismore has been kept to the minimum trip this season but stays well and has run well here before.
Team Ireland did well last week and Joseph O’Brien drops new buy Talbot in trip.
He ran well at Newmarket latest and could have more to offer.
Hey Mr ran on over 5f last week and may prefer this trip and comes from in-form Roger Varian.
IVATHEENGINE had a frustrating time at Doncaster last week when never getting into the race. He couldn’t get racing room once hitting top gear and finished off with plenty more to give.
That was a step back from his excellent second at Newcastle the week before and if Kieran O’Neill can get him closer to the pace, his finishing kick will be decisive.
Jack The Truth usually races over the minimum trip but he has winning form at six furlongs too. He was beaten in a blanket finish at Chelmsford and is a contender.
Benefit Street dug deep to win at Newmarket last month and is only 3lb higher today. Luke Morris rides plenty of winners around Lingfield and can get him in the frame.
Lady Celia has been second on her past three runs and shaped well again at Newcastle. There may be a couple too good again but she has an each-way shout.
Breath of Sun has few miles on the clock and has had a little nudge down the weights. He has won two of his three starts on the sand at Leafy so can’t be ruled out.
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THE ATTORNEY has much the strongest form on show and Lingfield king Adam Kirby can overcome his poor draw.
Charlie Hills’ three-year-old was impressive when scooting in over this trip at Leicester last month. The second from that race has won since and he looks capable of a fair bit better at this early stage of his career.
Royal Pleasure was a solid fourth over this trip at Newcastle at the first Racing League meeting. He’s back off the same mark and has winning form on this surface.
Mohareb steps up from 6f and an unlucky run last time. He’s dropped to his last winning mark and goes well here.
La Maquina got stuck in the mud at Goodwood after winning a Newmarket head-bobber in quicker conditions. He stays well and can hit the frame.
Isola Rossa was just behind Royal Pleasure when they last met. She’s another who has gone well over this trip and track before. This is just her fifth handicap run and there could be more to come.
Golden Force may have needed his comeback run when a close-up second at Leicester 40 days ago and his front-running style can be a plus around here.
LANKARAN clocked a big personal best when getting up on the line to win over this trip at Kempton on his handicap debut.
He’s gone up a fair 6lb for that and has a lot more to come. Roger Varian’s horses are going well and he looks a nice prospect.
River Dawn missed the kick before flying home into third over trip and track nine days ago. He’s off the same mark here and looks the main danger for in-form Paul and Oliver Cole.
Billhilly struck on his last visit to Lingfield and battled well to score at Newmarket three weeks ago. He likes this trip and should be right in the mix again.
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Double Dealing does best on the all-weather and can improve on his Leicester third last time. He’s only 2lb higher than his last win.
Atheeb wasn’t beaten far at Epsom latest and is another with winning form at Leafy from his days with Sir Michael Stoute.
Brains ran his best race for a while when second at Bath on his return to this distance. He gets on well with Saffie Osborne whose 5lb claim can make a difference.
FAME N FORTUNE was a place behind Jebel Dukhan at Newcastle two weeks ago but can reverse that form as his favourite track.
The tip had plenty in hand when scoring over course and distance last month and is a fair 5lb higher in the weights now. It should be a good battle between them again with Sir Mark Prescott’s runner right at home over this trip and improving with every start.
Oslo was fourth at Gosforth Park when bouncing back to form. He could hit the places if repeating that but he’s not won for a while now.
Rival didn’t quite get home over 1m4f at Chester 11 days ago but was in winning form over this distance on the Roodee in May. He’s not been handicapping for long and Andrew Balding continues in excellent form.
Sarvan didn’t show much at Doncaster last week but went close here before that. He’s a quirky customer but has ability and trainer George Scott is going well so he could figure. Pactolus has been in flying form at Yarmouth and likes it here too.
The ten-year-old won off much higher marks than this in his prime.
Easily didn’t fire at Navan but ran better at Naas over this trip but needs more to bag some points for Team Ireland.
ONESMOOTHOPERATOR should improve plenty for this step up in distance. He has had just three starts so far, all at Newcastle over 1m2f, and has shaped well each time.
He didn’t get the best of rides when second there last time and AW king Luke Morris takes over today and he knows how to ride winners around Lingfield.
It was just a seller that Red October won at Leicester last month but he hammered his rivals for a seven-length victory. He’s back handicapping from a reduced mark and can make his presence felt after an ideal distance for in-form Hugo Palmer.
Lydford shaped well in second at Newcastle when going down by half a length. He has lots of staying power and jockey Jack Mitchell should be able to make good use of it. He is creeping up the weights but is definitely in the mix.
Scampi is proving very consistent without getting his head in front. It was another good effort in fair company at Goodwood last time when he was beaten just a neck. A repeat of that would see him on the podium again.
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