Lingfield Winter Derby Preview

By Samantha

Convey, last year’s winner.

Autocratic (Richard Kingscote)

Autocratic is a Brigadier Gerard (Group Three) winner and there won’t be any question marks about the distance as he has won over ten furlongs previously. A negative is that he has only ran on the all weather (at Chelmsford) once and he was second on that occasion. A positive is that he has the draw of last year’s winner Convey.

Battle Of Marathon (Josie Gordon)

Battle Of Marathon, an ex-Aidan O’Brien inmate, was a close third in the trial for this race behind Utmost, who won, and stayed on well in the closing stages. He has a very good jockey and could possibly go close but he doesn’t seem to have the class of the other runners.

Convey (Joe Fanning)

Convey won this race last year but he has only ran once since, which was the All-Weather Middle Distance Championship in April, so he won’t have the race fitness of some of the others.

Gabrial (Paul Hanagan)

The nine year old has been a great servant for his connections and this race will be his sixty-fifth start of which he has won seven. The 2015 Lincoln winner hasn’t won since June of 2016 and maybe isn’t as good as his rivals anymore. Also, he hasn’t ever won over ten furlongs.

Khalidi (Adam Kirby)

Khalidi is somewhat an unknown quantity in this as he hasn’t run at all on an artificial surface. He finished second in the Edward VII at Royal Ascot behind ill-fated Permian last season and performs well in the big contests. Recently, he has moved to Clive Cox’s yard from John Gosden and this will be his first run for his new connections. He has the class but there are uncertainties about how he handles the polytrack.

Master The World (Sean Levey)

Master The World won a listed race in November and could be an interesting each-way shot to go close.

Mr Owen (Jamie Spencer)

Mr Owen is a lightly-raced six year old, who is still a maiden. There are question marks about the distance and how he will handle the course.

Petite Jack (Luke Morris)

Petite Jack had Utmost in a third in a Listed race over course and distance two days before Christmas but was beaten far by the latter next time out in the trial of this race. He is from the in form Archie Watson yard and could land this big prize as he is a course and distance winner but it is unlikely as he doesn’t seem to have the class of the rest.

Utmost (Robert Havlin)

Utmost won the trial to this race. It was his first win on artificial surfaces, with Petite Jack in sixth. Course and distance winner who could go close again but is fairly unexposed compared to the rest of the field.

Clear Skies (Ryan Moore)

It’s good to see Aidan O’Brien having a runner over in England at this time of the year. His runner is CLEAR SKIES, a five year old daughter of Sea The Stars. She seems progressive type and has risen 19lbs in the handicap since the start of November. It took her two runs to get used to the surface but after that she hit her stride and has won five times in seven starts since then. The distance shouldn’t be a problem for her as she has won four times over ten furlongs.

Clear Skies is Aidan O’Brien’s only runner.

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