Belfast Telegraph

Friday 4 September 2015

Bond to thrill at Lingfield

By Burnaby

Published 22/01/2009

Admiral Bond has licence to thrill at Lingfield.

The four-year-old chestnut was beaten by a potentially progressive sort over Wolverhampton’s five furlongs last time and will be unlucky if there is a similar stamp of animal in this field.

Having got off the mark at Southwell in December, when he came from off the pace to comprehensively defeat Summer Rose, Geoff Oldroyd’s sprinter also looks on the upgrade

Admiral Bond is a textbook hold-up performer, however, so does need things to drop right.

He remains tantalisingly weighted off a mark of 62, though, and looks the type who might make hay during the next few months.

The Play Bingo @ Handicap represents a decent opportunity to kickstart his winter campaign.

Imperial Skylight can take command earlier on the card in the Daniel Chumley 21st Birthday Handicap.

The three-year-old is frustratingly still a maiden after 15 tries but his turn is surely not far away.

Chief cause for optimism is his recent third at Wolverhampton, where he stayed on quite tidily to get to within half a length of Alexander Family.

Given the office by Tony Culhane on that occasion, he showed a welcoming desire to get on with the job - even though he is hardly a speedball.

This is a lowly encounter at best so it is perfectly reasonable to expect him to thrive if sent to the front early.

It will also be interesting to see how Docofthebay, runner-up in the 2007 Cambridgeshire, fares at Wolverhampton.

Jamie Osborne’s stayer will again be lined up for some big prizes this year and should be too streetwise for the rest of them in the Wolverhampton Apprentice Handicap.

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