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Lingfield Preview: Razor Wind looks a cut above

Razor Wind opened his account on good style last time out and can make light of top weight to follow-up on handicap debut in the 1m contest at Lingfield today (3.00).

The Charlie Appleby trained colt showed a smart turn of foot to quicken clear and win easing down by 3 3/4 lengths at Wolverhampton, and could well have got in lightly off an opening mark of just 84.

Prior to that success the three-year-old had run really well to be placed in three decent maidens, including when a two length runner-up to the now 93-rated Astronerus at Newmarket.

That form looks strong in the context of this contest, and connections have also decided to take 5lb of Razor Wind’s back by putting up useful apprentice Shane Gray to do the steering.

Another plus is that Appleby has a 25% strike rate with his runners at the venue in the past 12 months and is in good form at present, and with the prospect of plenty more improvement looking assured the son of Dubawi is going to be very tough to beat.

In the 1m 2f handicap (2.00), Tinshu can taken advantage of a drop in the weights to score an overdue success.

The Derek Haydn Jones trained mare is a four-time winner over course and distance, with the last of those successes coming back in November 2012 off a mark of 92 in a class 2 contest.

Although the eight-year-old has failed to get her head in front since, the daughter of Fantastic Light has run a number of solid races to make the frame.

They include a one length in a class 2 affair over course and distance back in January off a mark of 94, and Tinshu now gets into this lower grade class 3 contest of just 86.

That is 6lb lower than when Tinshu last successful and gives her major claims from a handicapping perspective in what is the weakest race she has run in for a long time.

Lujeanie is another who has a good record at the track and looks the answer to the 6f handicap that closes proceedings (3.00).

The gelding is a four-time course and distance winner, who was last successful in a class 5 amateur riders’ handicap over 6f at Wolverhampton in April off a mark of 70.

The eight-year-old now gets into this lower grade class 6 contest off just 65, and that makes Lujeanie look weighted to take all the beating at a venue which clearly suits.

Selections:
12.30: Weald Of Kent
1.00: Little
1.30: Monarch Maid
2.00: Tinshu (NB)
2.30: Bint Dandy
3.00: Razor Wind (NAP)
3.30: Lujeanie