Tom Stanley's top tips for Friday: Get ready for Good Time Ahead

By Tom Stanley
Fri 2 Feb 2018

By Tom Stanley

Covering the action from Dubai for Racing UK means 24 hour declarations over jumps leave little time for good, hard study. The 48 hour counterparts on the level may be the way forward from here to March, when some normality will return. Not that I’m complaining from the desert!

1.30 Lingfield: Assanilka

Sent off joint favourite over further here last time, she was caught late by Miss Minuty who also lines up here.

The mile should suit Harry Dunlop’s filly a great deal better however and she could get an easy lead up top depending on how Lava Light races up in trip.

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Either way, Assanilka is a very well treated filly nowadays, having been rated 20lb higher just a year ago, and a few others have plenty of question marks hanging over them off breaks or for new yards. It’s no surprise she heads the market at a current 7-4.

2.35 Lingfield: Broderie

5/4 about an unraced three-year-old takes a certain leap of faith to support but there are obvious reasons to put faith in this daughter of Pivotal.

Her dam was placed in Group company and a winner over a couple of furlongs shorter than this. She has the pedigree, as you’d expect given connections, and we know this yard can send them out ready first up.

This isn’t the strongest race in truth and I’d be surprised if those who have already seen the racecourse are good enough to stop her for a trainer who had a good time of it in Dubai last night.

4.15 Lingfield: Eltezam

He was keen up to a mile and a half last time, held up off a modest gallop in a ten runner race and ultimately disappointing given his price.

He’s back to the course and distance that saw him run second to Easy Tiger last month and I think this will suit better. Easy Tiger and a few other like to go forward here so there’ll be pace on and Eltezam can’t get too far back in this six runner field.

He was well in last time but races here back off the same mark as when second and 3-1 is very fair. Hoping Hector Crouch has a good day.

6.15 Wolverhampton: Good Time Ahead

A winner at this track over shorter, he proved he got the trip last time at Newcastle but had too much to do. Best of those held up, he hit a flat spot before running on and I think and hope he will get more of a test here.

Mambo Dancer, Argus and perhaps Seaport should ensure that and he still looks fairly treated. He’s got better the further he’s gone and that should continue here at a general 4/1.

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