HORSE RACING: Our All-weather tipster Alan Thomson, former racing editor of the Daily Record, pulls out three more potential bookie bashing tips that are running at Lingfield Park on Saturday.
SUITS ME (4.20 Lingfield) looks the value bet to turn over probable favourite Gitano Hernando in Saturday’s Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield.
My selection went close to pulling off victory in this event 12 months ago, going down by a neck to Re Barolo and a recent spin when pipped on the line by Baylini should ensure he is cherry-ripe for this renewal.
Suits Me loves to bowl along in front and is a tough nut to crack if enjoying an easy lead. That could well be the scenario here as this small field includes several hold-up performers. Gitano Hernando is the class act in the line-up but is making his first start since scooping a huge pot at Santa Anita in October. He travelled to America’s west coast on the back of a victory in a conditions race at Wolverhampton off a 104 rating and could struggle to concede weight to my selection.
ATLANTIC TIGER (2.10 Lingfield) may have run into a slightly above-average all-weather recruit when gunned down by Barry Hills’ newcomer Tajaarub but compensation awaits in the opener.
Atlantic Tiger was sent off 4-6 favourite to build on his debut third behind Bebopalula and Christmas Coming over 10 furlongs earlier this month and, over this longer trip, Mark Johnston’s three-year-old can reverse placings with Christmas Coming, for whom Kieren Fallon is an eye-catching booking.
Seb Sanders has wasted little time putting down his marker since returning from a well-earned break and MAHADEE (4.55 Lingfield) was a game winner here last week when holding Benandonner at bay in a hot handicap. The drop to seven furlongs shouldn’t be an inconvenience.