RACE PREVIEWS & TIPS (TUESDAY)

Lingfield 15:00 The early favourite for this ten furlong, class 2 handicap is Coillte Cailin who has been in excellent form with two wins and two placed efforts from five since joining the O’Meara yard and is a previous course and distance winner having beaten Van Huysen by a length when they last met in January. However, Van Huysen re-opposes with a 3lbs swing in the weights and also has course and distance form so the pair look very closely matched. Dutch Uncle won at Wolves when last seen and has placed on all three prior visits to Lingfield. He has made the frame in seven from nine over today’s trip but is upped in class of a 4lbs higher mark, a mark which he has struggled to get competitive off previously. Sennockian Star is another arriving in excellent form having already won three races since the turn of the year. He is passed over today as he carries a 6lbs penalty and his front running style could set the race up for a fast finisher. Banditry has recently been racing over hurdles but was a convincing winner of a Class 2 handicap over today’s trip when last seen on the flat, beating three subsequent winners on what was his first run on an all-weather surface. Dropping back in to a Class 3 today, for a trainer with a 26% winning strike rate over the last twelve months at the course, and with a style of running suited to having a pace-setter up front, he gets the vote in a competitive looking race. Banditry (WIN) – NAP

Catterick 15:20 Fields Of Glory arrives here looking to complete a quick fire hat-trick and was a convincing winner of a four-runner affair at Market Rasen earlier in the month. Trainer Tim Vaughan has been firing in the winners in recent weeks so his seven year old commands the utmost respect, however the 7lbs penalty will make things tougher and he’s struggled off this mark in the past. Halcyon Days also arrives in great form having won four of his last six but was all out to beat Nomoreblackjack by a head last time out and is now 6lbs higher, while Nomoreblackjack has been upped 4lbs for that defeat and is yet to win since his point-to-point days, although does run for a yard with an excellent strike rate here at Catterick. Preference is for Attimo who bounced right back to form with a close third at Wetherby earlier this month and has a great record over today’s trip, having won twice and placing once from four attempts. He races for Sam Drake who has a 50% winning strike rate in the last three years with his over fences at Catterick and is partnered by jockey Jonathan England who has a 41% winning strike rate over fences during the same time period. Attimo (WIN)

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