It will be hard work for the jumpers at Ffos Las and Plumpton on Monday afternoon with testing conditions at both venues while it is standard on the All-Weather at Wolverhampton which is where I head for two of just three selections. Best of luck.
Flaminger looked like a horse who should be capable of much better when a well-held second behind a useful horse in Lisp on his chase debut last time and looks likely to progress as he switches to handicaps.
He has a number of second-place finishes next to his name but does not do anything obviously wrong and handles these testing conditions well.
Ridden with patience last time, I expect him to revert to his usual front-running tactics here and he should prove hard to peg back at a venue where his yard are often among the winners.
Bahuta Acha has held his form well at this track since returning from a couple of months off and looks capable of winning this contest.
Second in a race that worked out well at Windsor five starts back, he followed that effort up with a victory over course and distance before finding his stamina stretched over 7f next time yet still finished a creditable fourth.
A couple of runner-up finishes, including a narrow defeat in a good time on his penultimate run, and was behind horses who had dropped to good marks.
Although he is 3lb higher here, he still appeals as being on a decent mark. He is likely to be ridden handy from stall five and he looks set to be well positioned plus his yard remain in good form.
Augustus Caesar lowered the 5f juvenile track record at Lingfield when last seen in September, stopping the clock in a rapid 57.59 seconds and I fancy him to have too much pace for these rivals.
The time figure for that race was clearly a good one and that factor, plus the fact he pulled clear with a next time out winner, point to him as still being well handicapped despite a 7lb rise.
There is also scope for further progress on just his fifth career start while he is well berthed to attack in stall three.
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