Early start on Saturday at Lingfield with the first race on the card 10 furlong 0-70 classified claiming stakes at 11.50 .
11.50 LINGFIELD 10F CLASSIFIED CLAIMING STAKES 0-70 :
Nine runners declared for 10 furlong classified stakes on poly track at Lingfield .This looks competitive race with five course winners .The four main contenders look to be Officer In Command ,Carter ,Daniel Thomas & Resplendent Alpha .
OFFICER IN COMMAND : Three time course & distance winner at Lingfield , won 10 furlong seller in July .Been running consistently since finishing placed three times .Disappointing run last time in handicap .though has fair record in claiming company (3212) .Should go well with cheek pieces refitted .
CARTER : Won four times in 2011 in handicap company ,though disappointing in five starts last year .Looks well treated at the weights and drops into claiming company for first time .
DANIEL THOMAS : Won seven times in 2012 and goes particularly well here at Lingfield with 6 course wins .Won 10 furlong seller last time over course & distance winning in good style .This looks stronger race ,though can't be ruled out in wide open race.
RESPLENDENT ALPHA : Consistent sort ,won three times in 2012 the last win coming over course & distance in seller three weeks ago .Goes well at this track and should be thereabouts off bottom weight .
VERDICT : Carter is 4LB clear on official handicap ratings ,though is hard to assess after some poor efforts recently .Will need to bounce back in first time blinkers ,though there remains big question mark .
OFFICER IN COMMAND has been running well in handicap company and last three wins came over this course & distance .Should also be suited returning to claiming company and can win open looking race .
Of the others both Daniel Thomas & Resplendent Alpha should be thereabouts ,though are taking on stronger opposition here.
SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY CLAIMING STAKES BET:
OFFICER IN COMMAND 11.50 LINGFIELD
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