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Luke Morris thinks this filly could do well at Lingfield this Saturday

| 17.12.2016

It’s been a different sort of winter so far with the new all-weather course at Newcastle changing things in terms of opportunities and winners for me.

I’ve got a pretty good record at the track and I enjoy going anywhere to get winners. A lot of the time when I have been up there it’s been a case of me riding southern horses that have been going north. I’ve not been picking up as many good outside chances by going there and I suppose it’s made it more of a level playing field for all the riders.

I’d say my two favourite all-weather tracks would be Lingfield and Wolverhampton. I’ve been quite lucky around both of them and I feel there are slight edges you can gain in races around both of those courses that can make a real difference to the results. I can go into races at those places with plans in the back of my mind and try and make it count.

Races at places like Southwell can be very one dimensional and it’s a lot like that at Chelmsford at the moment as well as everyone wants to be on the front end. Kempton’s also a nice fair, galloping track which means you can approach races with a little more of a plan to win.

Lingfield’s my destination this weekend and fingers crossed I can get into the winner’s enclosure.

12.15 Lingfield – Luv U Whatever
He’s a proper all-weather stalwart and saves his best for this time of year. He’s got a little bit to prove on his recent form but if he comes back to his best he’s more than capable. You have to say though, you’d like to see a bit more from him on the track before being too confident of a big run. His form seemed to have tailed off a little bit and a change of trainer might help freshen him up and get him back to form. His last trainer Mick Appleby did a good job with him though.

This Luke Morris blog talks through his Lingfield rides on December 17.

This Luke Morris blog talks through his Lingfield rides on December 17.

12.50 Lingfield – Tanksalot
This looks a very weak race. You’d hope she can do better than she’s done previously by dropping into this sort of contest on her first start for a new trainer.

2.00 Lingfield – Brandybend
I rode her earlier in the year and we finished second in a Listed race in Saint-Cloud. She’s got to improve and needs a career best to be winning this. That said, I’ve ridden her in her last two bits of work alongside Grendisar and she’s in top order and couldn’t be arriving for this race in any better shape. This track won’t exactly play to her strengths as she’s probably prefer a flat, galloping track but I have to emphasise she’s going into the race in top form.

2.35 Lingfield – Tractive Effort
He’s running in a handicap for the first time and starts life in these sorts of races off a low mark. You’d want to see a bit more from him before you get too excited about his chances, but at least he’s off a low mark in a low grade and he’s got a chance of improving on what he’s done so far.

3.10 Lingfield – Powerful Dream
She’s starting to drop to a reasonable mark and her trainer Ron Harris has his horses back in a bit of form now. I’d be hopeful she’ll put up a bold show and she’s certainly capable on her day. I thought she’d have progressed this year and would be a bit better than she’s shown. She looks to be my best chance on the day.

3.40 Lingfield – Nocturn
This horse is unbelievably well handicapped. He’s not the most straightforward but it depends on which horse turns up on the day. If he’s in a going mood then he can win easily. However, what he’s been showing of late doesn’t inspire a great amount of confidence.



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Luke Morris

Luke is a talented and well-known flat jockey who studied at the British Riding School and rode his first winner in November 2005. The nephew of former rider Jason Tate has built up a broad client base which has seen him branded Britain's busiest jockey. He retained his All-Weather Champion Jockey title at Finals Day and will continue to guide you through the fixtures each week for the rest of the season.