CYCLOP was only fifth when 9-2 joint-favourite at Wincanton last time but was at a disadvantage because he raced on the slowest ground towards the inside rail. He had scored gamely at Market Rasen on Boxing Day the time before and is taken to bounce back in the 3m5f Surrey National Handicap Chase at Lingfield today (3.50).
‘Hard to win with’ would be a fair description where IXELLES DIAMOND is concerned but the Lee Carter-trained seven-year-old had little chance from a poor wide draw (stall 10) at Wolverhampton last time, finishing tenth. That form has been franked by other badly-berthed runners - Mossy’s Lodge, third from stall 11, won at Chelmsford next time, Sheer Intensity, 11th from stall nine, was a 33-1 fourth from another poor draw on her next outing and The King’s Steed, last from stall 13, placed at 12-1 next time. She can be chanced at huge odds in the 5.20 at Kempton.
Cyclop – Lingfield 3.50 (1pt win, 13-2 Bet365, 6-1 generally)
Ixelles Diamond – Kempton 5.20 (1pt each-way, 25-1 William Hill)