Our tipster Karl Hedley provides the odds for the week's races
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Club House looks as though he has returned to a decent mark and he has to be considered in this competitive race. Despite only running five days ago connections clearly feel that he is fit and well enough to do himself justice here. He is a previous course and distance winner and that previous experience should appreciate the return of Robert Tart in the saddle and the combination command respect in a race which sees them receive weight from all bar one rival.
Stormbound has been a model of consistency on the all-weather circuits this season. He too remains below his highest ever winning rating and with Luke Morris set to ride, this Paul Cole trained individual looks the biggest threat to the selection.
Franco’s Secret was beaten off this rating at Kempton just last week and now has to give weight away all around but he is in such good form that he could just about do it. The return to Lingfield will suit and he too is worthy of his place in this line up. Club House can confirm recent form with Pearl Ransom on seven pounds better terms and it would be of little surprise if he were to grace the winner’s enclosure for the first time in almost a year.
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Bowsers Bold has been unfortunate not to get his head in front before now and the significant step up in trip really seemed to suit him when last seen at this track last month. He is now set to go up a further furlong and has cheek pieces applied for the first time this evening. Shane Kelly has partnered him in their last four starts and they have hit the crossbar on each occasion. Bowsers Bold is fully capable of winning of this current mark and comes here fully race fit whereas some of his rivals are woefully out of form or are having their first run back in a couple of months.
Moulin Rouge has recorded two wins from her last three starts and has to take another step forward in order to land this. She clearly gets on well with Stevie Donohoe and if seeing out this extra couple of furlongs, she has to be considered a massive threat. She certainly knows where the winning post is and she is set to receive weight from all of her rivals.
Gaelic Ice has gone well fresh in the past and ran well over six furlongs here as a three year old. This is his first competitive start since August but she is reacquainted with Patrick Millman who has been on board for her two most recent successes. If fully tuned up he too has a live each way claim. Bowsers Bold really deserves a first win and his previous course experience should stand him in good stead here. He has the ability to deliver in an open looking contest.
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No Through Road was an eighteen race maiden at the start of this season. Since then he has gone on to win four races in a row at tracks as varied as Worcester, Ffos Las, Hexham and Southwell. He was on his way to a fifth success at Wetherby when an uncharacteristic fall put paid to his chances. Tom Scudamore has won on him twice in the past and it is of note that has been booked to ride at this early stage.
No Through Road has been raised almost thirty pounds in the handicap and is one of the most improved horses in training this year. Horses that he has beaten including Ballyvoneen and Snuker have come out and franked the form of his wins so he could still be well treated.
Billy Braes shed his maiden status last time out when winning at Bangor. Any rain that falls is certainly in this one’s favour and Sam Twiston-Davies has also been booked in what could prove a shrewd move by his father Nigel. He looks to have slipped in at the bottom of the weights here and that could make him the biggest threat to the selection.
Goodtoknow is another that loves to get his toe in and he will relish any further deterioration of the ground. He looks set to pay for his consistency this season by carrying top weight here, but he has live claims as he still has youth on his side and Jake Greenall knows him inside out. No Through Road is taken to carry on progressing despite that blunder last time and can go close here.
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Aubusson may not have won the JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on his most recent start, but he acquitted himself well in top company when third to the likes of Reve De Sivola and Zarkandar. That was his toughest race to date, so a drop back into handicap company this afternoon will certainly see him in a far better light. He made short work of a talented field up at Haydock when winning the Fixed Brush Hurdle a couple of months ago when seeing off the likes of Big Easy and Dara Tango. Lizzie Kelly gets on well with the five-year-old and the combination command respect with her claiming a more than useful seven pounds off his back.
Zeroeshadesofgrey has improved all season and was looking for a fourth consecutive win when last seen out at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. He never really travelled with much fluency on that occasion and something may have been amiss. He is expected to be fully over that and with Trevor Whelan expected to retain the ride, they could put up the biggest opposition to the selection.
Aintree specialist Ely Brown is set to make his seasonal debut in this race. He has gone well fresh in the past and is set to be reunited with Charlie Deutsch. The young claimer has partnered the ten-year-old to success in the past and they may well be capable of playing a part here. Aubusson is a rising star of the Nick Williams team and underfoot conditions suit him well. He can earn a trip to the Festival with a decent performance here and he should go well.
|WEDNESDAY 3-35 LINGFIELD
|WEDNESDAY 6-00 KEMPTON
|THURSDAY 2-20 WARWICK
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