Horse Racing at Lingfield - Free Tips for Saturday 22nd February

Lingfield Racecourse stages its Winter Day Derby card on its all-weather track on Saturday 22 February. The Winter Derby is the eponymous highlight, with the Hever Sprint Stakes being the other big race of the day. Both are important races and are also potential pointers for further big races at the course’s All-weather Finals Day on Goof Friday.

Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Lingfield.

Hever Sprint Stakes 14:05

This Listed Sprint takes place over 5 furlongs and 6 yards. The last 10 winners have been aged either four, five, or six. Nine winners have also been drawn no wider than in stall-6, with 50% of them drawn in either stall 1 or stall 2. Nine of the last 10 winners had also raced in the last 28 days.

Despite the booking of top jockey Silvestre De Sousa, the 80-rated Chitra has plenty of improvement to find to win in this company. The 90-rated Puds also has a bit to find on form and hasn’t raced for over 100 days. Furious also has to defy an absence over 100 days and a draw in stall-7. Corinthia Knight is drawn even wider in stall-8.

Both Royal Birth and Watchable have the form in the book to take a hand but, at the age nine and 10, it will be a bit of disappointment if they prove good enough. That means the main danger to the selection could come from the 4-year-old Hareem Queen, but she does need to improve she’s as effective on Polytrack as she is on Fibresand and Tapeta.

Good Effort looks to have nearly everything going for him, as he’s the highest-rated horse and has the perfect draw in stall-1 for a strong front-runner. The only negative is the 3lb penalty he concedes, but top all-weather jockey Ben Curtis looks the ideal pilot to get him to the front and keep him there.

Tip: Good Effort @ 2.50 Betfred or Betfair Sportsbook

Winter Derby 15:15

The Winter Derby is a Group 3 Race run over 10 furlongs offering a first prize of over £56,000. Eight of the last nine winners have been aged either four, five, or six, with the other aged seven.

The draw in the last decade has not proved crucial with winners berthed as high as stall-11. There are only seven runners this year but it’s worth noting that none of the last 10 winners have been berthed in either stalls one or two. Six of the last nine winners were returned at no bigger than 3/1, with the other three only being 5/1, 11/2, and 10/1. Five winners had won their preceding race.

The old boys Pactolus and Master The World might still have a win or two left in them but, at the age of nine, they may have to give best to some younger legs. Pactolus has also only won one of nine starts over course and distance whilst Master The World has won just two of 10. But as both have placed a further four times, a place-only bet is worth considering.

Dalgarno is also older than ideal at the age of seven and he finished well-beaten last time over course and distance to make it two unplaced runs at the track. He’s also drawn in stall-one. Entangling is the horse drawn in stall-two and the 6-year-old is normally better over further and has quite a lot to find on ratings.

Court House is a standing dish in these types of race at Lingfield having placed four times from five starts over course and distance. But he normally finds at least one too good and has been beaten by both the two market leaders on his last two starts.

Dubai Warrior is an impressive sort and he represents last year’s winning trainer and jockey combination John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. He’s only had six runs in his life but is four from five on the all-weather. He only has 4lb to find with the favourite and he could take another step forward to collect the spoils.

Bangkok gets the nod after his demolition job in the Winter Derby Trial last time, in which he beat Court House slightly further than Dubai Warrior had previously. He also did it in a significantly quicker time, breaking the track record. That was his first run on the all-weather but, as he’s closely related to the useful Matterhorn, it’s no surprise he relished the all-weather surface.

Tip: Bangkok @ 1.80 William Hill or Boylesports