Lingfield preview: Capilla can cash-in on handy mark
David Metcalf | December 1, 2015
Capilla shaped well last time out and can take advantage of a career-low mark to land the 2m handicap chase on today’s card at Lingfield (15.00).
The gelding was a point winner in Ireland before joining trainer Evan Williams, and made a winning debut under rules for his new handler when easily beating Red Devil Lads by four lengths in a bumper at Ffos Las back in 2013.
Capilla went on to post some useful efforts to make the frame over hurdles and was rated 109 at his peak.
The 10-year-old is now able to race off just 96, and comes into the contest having run with bags of promise last time out when third at Ffos Las on just his second start over the larger obstacles.
Capilla raced keenly, and after taking up the running early doors led until being headed two out.
The seven-year-old was then unable to find any extra and weakened after the last to lose second close home and be beaten 5 1/2 lengths by Bobby Boru.
It was a highly promising return to action after 216 days on the sidelines, and Capilla was not unduly punished once it was clear he would not be winning.
That run should have blown away the cobwebs and put Capilla spot on for this, and if building on it the son of Beneficial looks weighted to take all the beating.
Listen Boy backed for 14:00 2m 4f handicap chase
Listen Boy has a good record fresh and looks decent value to make a winning return to action in the 2m 4f handicap chase (14.00).
The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained nine-year-old is a consistent performer who looked as good as ever when scoring first time up last season at Uttoxeter.
Listen Boy only had to be driven out to beat Arctic Ben by two lengths off a mark of 118, and after unseating next time up at Newbury rounded off a light campaign with a solid second at this venue off 125.
The nine-year-old is now able to race off 2lb lower, and that gives Listen Boy major claims from a handicapping perspective on the pick of his form.
Although the son of Presenting has an absence of 353 days to overcome, first time up may well be the best time to catch Listen Boy as he has only had 11 starts under rules and is clearly not the easiest to train.
12.30: Sunshine Corner
13.00: Bredon Hill Lad
13.30: Mr Fitzroy
14.00: Listen Boy (NB)
14.30: Arthur Mc Bride
15.00: Capilla (NAP)
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