The odds looked against Neil King’s charge defending his unbeaten Lingfield record as the runners swept for home, but the son of Champs Elysees produced a smart change of gear to overhaul his rivals in the straight and take his record to three from three at the Surrey venue.
The handicapper raised Petite Jack 7lbs for that defeat of Isharah – who has won well since – but that doesn’t appear prohibitive and he can record his fourth career win.
DUTCH UNCLE (Lingfield, 2.15) was another that was out of his ground last time but unlike Petite Jack he failed to reel in his adversaries having been given too much to do in the race won by Van Huysen in a good time.
BOLLIHOPE (Newcastle, 2.35) is another with an outstanding course record – he is 3-3 at Gosforth Park – and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Polar Forest used as a pacemaker as that has been the way of the stable in recent weeks at the track.
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