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Archie can go the distance and hit the target at Lingfield

By Anita Chambers

Published 31/12/2015

Promising horse Archie Stevens can follow up his recent Wolverhampton success with victory in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield today.

The five-year-old has done all of his winning over five and six furlongs so far but his efforts in defeat suggest that his seven-furlong trip is well within his compass.

David Evans is the fourth trainer to have a crack with this son of Pastoral Pursuits and he has managed to somewhat restore his fortunes with three wins in 2015 after a lengthy barren spell.

Successful at Wolverhampton and Newbury in June, Archie Stevens has been campaigned sparingly of late with an all-weather campaign clearly on connections' minds.

An initial outing at Dunstall Park yielded third but he showed the benefit of that run when dropping back to the minimum trip to run out a length-and-a-half winner just before Christmas after making every yard.

He must shoulder a penalty here but he is in form and gets on especially well with 3lb claimer Philip Prince.

Figurante showed plenty of promise on her racecourse bow at Windsor back in August and should find the Median Auction Maiden Stakes an eminently winnable event.

The Excellent Art filly hails from a winning family and she looks decent enough after dead-heating for second and finishing behind more experience rivals at the Thamesside venue.

Whitsundays won at Sedgefield at the beginning of the month so his confidence should be high ahead of the Derek Fower Transport Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter. Rouquine Sauvage can hit the mark in the Town Electrical Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

SELECTIONS: LINGFIELD: 12.30 Ghost Train, 1.00 Mostashreqah, 1.30 Figurante, 2.00 Captain Lars, 2.30 ARCHIE STEVENS (NAP), 3.00 Top Cop, 3.30 Justice First.

PUNCHESTOWN: 12.05 Montys Meadow, 12.35 Rolling Rocket, 1.05 Seabass, 1.35 King Of Aragon, 2.05 Jetstream Jack, 2.35 Oscar Sam, 3.05 Ted Bach, 3.35 Black Franks Angel.

UTTOXETER: 12.20 Authorized Too, 12.50 Barista, 1.20 Whitsundays, 1.50 Over My Head, 2.20 Rouquine Sauvage, 2.50 Little Jimmy, 3.20 Miss Giselle.

WARWICK: 12.40 Solidago, 1.10 Garde Fou, 1.40 Muckle Roe, 2.10 Gamain, 2.40 Katie Too, 3.10 Eaton Rock, 3.40 Mr Fenton.

DOUBLE: Archie Stevens and Figuarante

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