Lingfield Preview: Arab Dawn holds all the aces
Arab Dawn has been shaping well in competitive handicaps on the turf and can get back to winning ways in the 1m 2f contest at Lingfield today (4.10) now returned to the polytrack surface and reunited with jockey Richard Hughes.
The Hughie Morrison trained colt started the campaign in terrific form, rattling up a hat-trick of victories in handicaps at Newbury, Goodwood and Kempton.
In the last of those successes Arab Dawn led on the bit two from home and an ran on strongly in the hands of Hughes to win by a snug 3/4 of a length, and the handicapper reacted by whacking him up 10lb to a mark of 90.
However, the son of Dalakhani ran a stormer of it when fifth of 18 to Elite Army in a very competitive class 2 contest at Ascot and has been far from disgraced in two subsequent starts when making the frame in two similar grade affairs at Doncaster and Newbury.
The return to the all-weather surface may well suit judged on the manner of Arab Dawn’s Kempton success, and it’s interesting that Hughes is now back in the saddle.
The champion jockey has not been onboard in the three-year-old’s last three runs, but was in the saddle for Arab Dawn’s last two successes and is unbeaten on him.
In the 6f nursery (3.00), L’addition looks potentially very well-treated based on her dedut win over course and distance.
The William Jarvis trained filly ran on strongly to beat Primrose Valley by 1 1/4 lengths and the form of the race has an extremely strong look to it.
The runner-up has gone on to score twice since and is now rated 86, and the fourth home Local Time has gone on to win her next three races.
The last of those successes came in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket and earned Local Time official rating of 99.
Given that Local Time finished four lengths behind L’Addition, it makes the daughter of Exceed And Excel look potentially very well-treated off a mark of just 70.
Lucky Di has been running consistently well this season and can take advantage of a drop in grade to land the 7f claimer (3.35)
The Peter Hedger trained filly opened her account over course and distance back in December 2012, and went on to land a 6f handicap at Goodwood last August off a mark of 68 in the hands of today’s rider Charles Bishop.
Lucky Di has gone on to make the the frame of four occasions this season, often doing her best work at the finish in 6f contests.
The step back up to 7f looks a positive, and Lucky Di should be up to making a real impact off a rating of 69 now dropped into claiming company for the first time in her career.
2.00: Foreign Diplomat
2.30: Castle Talbot
3.00: L’addition (NB)
3.35: Lucky Di
4.10: Arab Dawn (NAP)
4.45: Alba Verde
5.15: Royal Preserve