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Lingfield Preview: Tarooq can make class tell

| 10.12.2014

Tarooq has a terrific record at Lingfield and can defy top weight to land further enhance it with victory in the 6f feature handicap there today (2.30).

The David Barron trained gelding is a five-time winner at the Surrey venue, and three of those successes have come over this afternoon’s trip.

In the last of those, the eight-year-old ran on strongly to beat Rivellino in a Listed contest off an official rating of 104.

Prior to that Tarooq had set a new track record when coming from off the pace to beat Hawkeyethenoo going away by 1 1/2 lengths, again over course and distance.

That is very strong form, and makes the son of War Chant look weighted to go well in this class 2 contest off a mark of 104.

It is just 1lb higher than when Tarooq tasted Listed glory, and another plus is that the veteran has a good record fresh.

Tarooq has also bagged a decent draw in stall 3 from where he should be able to tuck in behind the leaders before hopefully pouncing late in the hands of jockey Graham Gibbons who gets on extremely well with him.

In the 1m 2f Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap (3.00), Apache Glory is weighted to take all the beating now eased in grade.

The John Stimpson trained mare is a course and distance winner whose last success came on the turf at Beverley in April 2013 off a mark of 67.

The six-year-old has since finished runner-up on three occasions, including over course and distance back in January where when get beat just a short head off 74 in a class 5 contest.

Apache Glory now races off just 64, and drops into class 6 company for the first time since scoring over course and distance 20 months ago.

Club House is another taking a drop in class and can take advantage to land the 1m apprentice handicap that closes proceedings (3.30).

The gelding as a six-time winner at the track, and five of those successes have come over this afternoon’s trip.

In the last of those back in February, Club House readily beat Ifan going away by 2 1/4 lengths off a mark of 66 in a class 5 contest.

The four-year-old is now able to race off 1lb lower in what looks a very winnable class 6 affair having shaped as if coming back to form last time out.

12.30: Exceedexpectations
1.00: Priors Brook
1.30: Mymatechris
2.00: Evening Attire
2.30: Tarooq (NAP)
3.00: Apache Glory (NB)
3.30: Club House



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.