Lingfield Preview: Jazz looks the Real deal
The progressive Real Jazz has some solid form in the book and can get back to winning ways in the 1m 2f handicap at Lingfield today (5.00).
Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, the filly is a typical improver from the stable since being sent handicapping.
The three-year-old posted solid efforts to finish runner-up on her first two starts this season over a mile, before scoring in runaway style at Beverley when upped to 1m 2f.
Real Jazz made all to slam Jimmy Crackle by five lengths off 61, and followed that up with a cracking second to Cinilla last time out at Chepstow over 1m 4f.
The daughter of Marju seemed to find the extra two furlongs too much, but kept on well to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths and the winner has subsequently gone on to finish a cracking third of 24 in a ultra-competitive class 2 contest at Newmarket.
That gives the form a strong look in the context of this class 5 contest, and suggests that despite having been raised 7lb in the weights Real Jazz should be well up to winning races off her current mark of 68.
In the 6f handicap (3.30), Top Offer is a fascinating contender now returned to the scene of his last success and partnered by George Baker for the first time.
The Peter Crate trained gelding took advantage of his plummeting mark to score an overdue success over course and distance three starts back when keeping on strongly to beat Assertive Agent by 1 1/4 lengths off a mark of 62.
Top Offer backed that up with a solid third of 10 on the turf at Leicester off 67, before running below par last time out at Brighton.
The five-year-old will appreciate the return to this venue, and off a mark of 66 is potentially still very well-treated on his old form.
His handler also boasts a decent strike rate at the track and the booking of Baker looks a major plus as he has a 60% strike rate when teaming up with the yard in the past 12 months (three wins from five rides).
Ze King has run his best races on the polytrack surface and can open his account in the 1m 2f handicap (4.30)
The lightly raced five-year-old has clearly not been the easiest to train, but ran very well on seasonal reappearance last year over course and distance when a 1 3/4 length runner-up off 1lb higher than his current rating
Ze King also posted a solid effort on bis penultimate start when runner-up to the thriving Ragged Robbin over 1m 4f at Kempton, and although the son of Manduro didn’t build on that run last time out at Haydock the return to this surface and drop back down to 1m 2f is likely to see him in a far better light.
2.00: Compton Mill
3.30: Top Offer (NB)
4.00: Dishy Guru
4.30: Ze King
5.00: Real Jazz (NAP)