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Lightsome looks bright choice at Lingfield

By Ashley Iveson

Published 12/01/2016

A drop in distance can help Lightsome get off the mark in the Unibet 90Plus Injury Time Insurance Is Back Handicap at Lingfield today.

The daughter of Makfi shaped with genuine promise in three turf maidens between August and October of last year and has competed well without winning since switching to handicaps.

She looked a winner waiting to happen after filling the runner-up spot over seven furlongs at this track in November, making most of the running before emptying late in the day.

Clive Cox's inmate was favourite to go one better at Kempton last month, but it was a similar story as she had no more to offer in the final throws, once again having to make do with minor honours.

Connections adopted more patient tactics at Wolverhampton last time out, but it backfired big time as she was far too keen for her own good and was a spent force at the business end of proceedings.

Given how much she likes to get on with the job, a first start over six furlongs looks right up her street.

She will presumably be given her head over this shorter distance and might be difficult to catch.

There is little doubt she is talented enough to strike gold off her current perch of 75.

John Gosden's string have been in flying form since the turn of the year and his Cachao should make it third time lucky in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.

There was a lot to like about the three-year-old's Kempton introduction in early November as after running green, the penny dropped late on and he came home well to finish fourth.

With that experience under his belt, he was widely expected to hit the bullseye art Wolverhampton a month later, but was bitterly disappointing and actually went backwards from his promising debut.

That was an inexplicably dismal showing and is perhaps best forgotten. Five of Gosden's last nine runners have been winners, with only one finishing out of the first three, and Cachao must have every chance of adding to that tally if bouncing back.

The most valuable event of the afternoon is the Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes, in which Special Season can emerge victorious.

The William Haggas-trained chestnut made a huge impression when blowing away his rivals at Sandown on his racecourse bow and was probably a bit unfortunate at Newbury next time.

He ran pretty well in Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket and while he was beaten on his first all-weather start here over seven furlongs, he won as he liked when upped to a mile on his return to Lingfield last month.

If he runs up to his three-figure rating, that should be enough to see him come home in front in what is an interesting four-horse heat.

Take The Mick should appreciate a slight step up in trip in the Racing UK 3 Devices 1 Price Handicap Chase at Ludlow.

Venetia Williams' charge finished with a flourish at Bangor last month, making significant headway from an unpromising position to eventually claim a two-length second. The way he stayed on suggests this extended three-mile-one-furlong distance might be just right for him after he previously disappointed when hiked right up to three miles and three furlongs last March.

Take The Mick has shown he can handle deep ground on more than one occasion and stamina is sure to be a key requirement here.

Today's scheduled Fakenham meeting has been abandoned.

SELECTIONS:

LINGFIELD: 1.10 More Spice, 1.40 LIGHTSOME (NAP), 2.10 Cachao, 2.40 Special Season, 3.10 Fast Approach, 3.40 Comedy House.

LUDLOW: 1.30 The Gipper, 2.00 Take The Mick, 2.30 Baraka De Thaix, 3.00 Garde La Victoire, 3.30 Shy John, 4.00 Mac Gregory.

DOUBLE: Lightsome and Special Season.

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