Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Take Premio as the Lingfield pick

Premio Loco is a confident selection to land the nap in the William Hill January Sale - 0800 44 40 40 Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

With the current cold snap affecting the National Hunt action, attention switches to the all-weather and Chris Wall’s vastly-improved five-year-old has to take centre stage.

He broke his maiden over a mile at this venue in April 2007, beating none other than subsequent Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Muhannak.

Having ended his three-year-old campaign rated 92, hopes were high that he could develop into a money spinner for Wall.

After a sighter over six furlongs in May, he fairly bolted up at Kempton in July and followed up off a 7lb higher mark in September.

He was strongly-fancied for the Cambridgeshire but with doubts surrounding whether he was as good on turf as an artificial surface, he came home sixth but was not beaten far behind the surprise winner Tazeez.

Starting life this year off a mark of 109, a campaign in Dubai awaits as long as he comes through this test with flying colours.

John Quinn is one of the best dual-purpose trainers around and in Pevensey he has a horse capable of mixing it in top-class handicaps on the level and over hurdles.

However, Pevensey has proved more of a money-spinner on the Flat of late and he looks like the one to be on in a competitive-looking William Hill January Sale - Enhanced Favourites! Handicap

He may have just turned seven but there were no signs of his powers waning in the summer when he ran some cracking races, albeit in defeat.

A close fourth to Mad Rush in the Old Newton Cup was followed by fourth behind All The Good in the rearranged Ebor at Newbury and he was also beaten less then half a length in a valuable handicap at Ascot in October by Night Crescendo.

The galling thing for connections was that the handicapper kept a close eye on him meaning he actually went up a few pounds without winning.

However, the silver lining is that he can race off a 6lb lower mark on the all-weather than he can on turf.

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