Lingfield Preview: Apache can get back of Glory trail
Apache Glory is back down below his last winning mark and can take advantage to land the 1m 2f handicap at Lingfield today (2.25).
The mare was a course and distance winner when trained by John Stimpson and her last success came on the turf at Beverley in April 2013 where she beat Saint Thomas by a head off a mark of 67.
Although now on a long losing, the six-year-old has run some sold races to finish runner-up on three occasions – including over course and distance last January where she failed by just a short-head to overhaul Archie Rice in a class 5 contest off a mark of 74.
She now races off a mark of just 65 and makes her first start for shrewd trainer Mark Loughnane in what looks a very winnable class 6 contest.
The daughter of Cherokee Run also comes into the contest having shaped as if she could be ready to cash-in on her falling mark when never nearer fourth of 14 to Rakaan over course and distance last month.
Apache Glory kept on well from the rear of the field that day under tender handling to be beaten just 2 1/2 lengths and this looks a weaker race.
If building on that effort, then this looks a golden opportunity for Apache Glory to score an overdue success.
In the 1m handicap (2.25), course specialist Club House can gain compensation for a desperately unlucky run when runner-up last time out.
The Robert Mills trained gelding is a six-time winner at the track, and five of those successes have come over this afternoon’s trip.
In the last of those, Club House won going away by 2 1/4 lengths off a mark of 66 in a class 5 contest before going on to finish a solid fourth to the now 110-rated Tenor over CD off 73.
The son of Marju is now able to race off just 65 in this lower grade class 6 affair, and comes into the race on the back of a cracking effort to finish second of 12 to Meddling over course and distance last month.
Club House blew the start completely that day in the hands of 5lb claimer Milly Naseb and was forced to make up a huge amount of ground before going down by by just 1 1/2 lengths.
To me he would have won easily granted a level break, and off an unchanged mark Club House looks a winner without a penalty and the one they all have to beat now that he gets the professional services of Robert Tart in the saddle.
12.50: El Che
1.20: Sabre Rock
1.50: Apache Glory (NAP)
2.25: Club House (NB)
3.30: Pearl Blue