Lingfield preview: Festive Fare looks tasty in Coral Winter Derby
David Metcalf | February 26, 2016
Festive Fare hot stuff in Coral Winter Derby
Festive Fare has an excellent all-weather record and can further enhance it with victory in the Group 3 Coral Winter Derby at Lingfield (15.20).
The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding has won three of his four starts on the polytrack surface, and has some top class form to his name.
Festive Fare was beaten just 2 1/2 lengths when fourth to subsequent Investec Derby, Coral-Eclipse and Arc winner Golden Horn in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket last year, and shaped really well last time out when chasing home Grendisar over course and distance.
The Godolphin-owned four-year-old went down by just 1/2 a length in the latter having run in snatches and shaped as if needing the outing after a 56 day break.
That run should have blow away the cobwebs and put Festive Fare spot on for this, and the fitting of the cheekpieces for the first time looks a positive move.
They should sharpen up the son of Teoflio and enable him to race more sweetly, and if that proves to be the case I fully expect Festive Fare to turn the tables on Grendisar and provide Appleby with a second success in the contest following Trsyter’s victory in the race 12 months ago.
Muthmir looks a cut above
In the Listed 5f contest that opens proceedings (13.45), Muthmir can make his class tell to give weight and a beating to all his rivals.
The William Haggas-trained six-year-old is a very smart sort, who won a Group 2 at Chantilly on his second start last season before finishing a cracking 1/2 length third of 18 to Goldream in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Muthmir went on to beat Take Cover by a head in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, and rounded off a fine campaign with an excellent third to Goldream in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.
Those efforts represent form at the highest level, and this represents a significant drop in class for Muthmir.
An official rating of 115 also gives the son of Invincible Spirit 3lbs and upwards in-hand on all his rivals.
Even allowing for tha fact that Muthmir has to give away weight as a result of penalties for winning Group contests, the gelding still comes out on top of the ratings and that is going to make him very tough to beat if ready to roll at the first time of asking after a 146 day break.
13.45: Muthmir (NB)
15.20: Festive Fare (NAP)
15.55: Si Senor
16.30: Lady Lloyd