Cast your mind back around 12 months, and you might remember that the winners of both the Lingfield Derby Trial and the Lingfield Oaks Trial went on to win the Epsom Derby and Epsom Oaks later in the season. It remains to be seen whether horses of the class of Anthony Van Dyck and Annapurna are lurking in this year’s fields, but you can check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Lingfield below.
Betsafe Top Price All Runners Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Lingfield 2.40)
There haven’t been any massive shocks in the last 10 winners of the Lingfield Oaks Trial, with the biggest-priced winner returned at 12/1. Four winners were returned at less than 2/1, with the five priced-up at between 5/1 and 8/1.
In field sizes ranging from 5 to 10 runners, eight winners were drawn in stalls 1-5. However, two winners have been drawn in the outside stall, which was stalls 7 and 8 in their races. Seven winners had won their previous race, while John Gosden (three), Ralph Beckett (two), and Mick Channon are trainers to have saddled a winner in the last decade.
It’s hard to make a case for Golden Lips, Le Dragontea, Sly Minx, and West End Girl, and all will need to have improved plenty since being last seen to make an impact. So I Told you has the potential to be better stepped up to this trip but, though her sire liked fast ground, her win last season came on heavy.
John Gosden has trained two of the three of the last winners of the Lingfield Oaks Trial and he sets punters a poser by saddling three runners this year. Frankie Dettori, who rode those two winners is at Newmarket, so it’s likely that the stable’s number one is Miss Yoda with Rab Havlin riding. But the horse that beat her in last year’s Zetland Stakes was beaten earlier this week.
Gosden’s other two runners Anastarsia and Lake Lucerne have only won on the all-weather so far, and both have plenty to find on what they have achhieved so far.
That’s why Heart Reef is given the nod at an each-way price, despite coming from the widest draw in stall-9. She was promising on debut last season for Ralph Beckett and, though she didn’t run as well as expected on her second run, she looks sure to make up into a decent three-year-old. The switch to a fast surface can, hopefully, bring about the required improvement.
Betsafe Derby Trial Stakes (Lingfield 3.15)
There are no strong statistics for the Lingfield Derby Trial, though only one winner has been returned at bigger than 7/1 in the last decade.
Three of this year’s field have already been awarded ratings over 100 and the money is sure to come for Berkshire Royal if Miss Yoda wins the Oaks Trial. He was one place behind her in last year’s Zetland Stakes and his trainer Andrew Balding is red-hot.
King Carney was raised to 102 after winning a Listed Race when last seen, but that win was on soft ground and this looks a stronger race. Sound Of Cannons also has chances, but his sire also loved soft ground.
That means English King gets the vote after a win over 10-furlongs on his second run last season. Stamina seemed to win him the day there, so he should be suited by the extra distance of this race. The time was also quick, which is backed up by victories for the second and third in their next races.