Lingfield preview: Solar Flair poised to follow-up
The William Knight trained colt raced prominently before taking up the running two from home and quickening clear at the furlong marker to beat Gun Case by six lengths in a class 4 contest at Newmarket six days ago.
Solar Flair scored with any amount in hand, and it was a performance which suggested the son of Equiano was miles ahead of the assessor and needed keeping firmly onside.
It’s no surprise to see connections turn out the three-year-old quickly under a penalty, as he is due to race off 5lb higher in future engagements so is effectively very well-in at the weights.
The three-year-old is also 1-1 over course and distance, and now drops down a grade into class 5 company.
With Jim Crowley once again in the saddle, everything suggests Solar Flair is going to be very hard to beat for a stable that is bang in form at present.
In the 1m handicap (16.10), Cosmic Ray can take advantage of a drop in class to land the spoils.
The Andrew Balding trained gelding opened his account last October in a 1m handicap at Windsor of a mark of 73, and has run well in three starts this season off 77.
They include a sixth of 13 to Stravagante last time out in a class 2 contest over 1m 2f at Epsom.
That form is very strong in the context of this lower grade class 4 affair, and Cosmic Ray is now able to race off a mark of just 72.
That is 1lb lower than when scoring at Windsor and gives the three-year-old major claims from a handicapping perspective.
The drop back to 1m this afternoon is also a plus, and with Oisin Murphy in the saddle this looks a great opportunity for Cosmic Ray to get back to winning ways.
15.10: Solar Flair (NAP)
15.40: Vale Of Paris
16.10: Cosmic Ray (NB)
16.40: Duchess Of Marmite
17.10: Perfect Rhythm