With jumping meetings falling like flies owing to waterlogged courses, Graham Lee must be thanking his lucky stars that he opted to switch to the Flat earlier this year.
The Grand National-winning jockey has enjoyed a truly outstanding maiden campaign on the level and while 12 months ago he would have been pulling out his hair in frustration at the abandonment today of Sedgefield and tomorrow’s Wetherby card, he can instead look forward to travelling to Lingfield and Kempton tomorrow with a good chance of a winner at both venues.
Lee teams up with Hambleton trainer Kevin Ryan at Lingfield and the pair have solid prospects with Brocklebank in the Betfred Claiming Stakes.
The three-year-old won a similar race here 11 days ago, which was his first success on an all-weather surface in three attempts. He is open to further improvement on an artificial surface and is fancied to score again.
No sooner has he ridden Brocklebank than Lee will be motoring to Kempton’s twilight fixture where he has a couple of winning chances on Serenity Spa and Harris Tweed.
The latter, trained by William Haggas, is a high rated front-runner, who takes plenty of catching when in the mood.
Heavy ground scuppered his chances last time out, but this Polytrack surface should be fine for him and, although he faces some stiff opposition in the Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes, a Listed contest, his attacking style should be well suited to this track.
Serenity Spa is napped to win the Betdaq Mobile Apps Maiden Stakes.
The Roger Charlton-trained filly finished a creditable second at Ascot on her debut and was beaten by only two lengths into fifth place on her all-weather debut here last time. She looks capable of progression.
Ubetterbegood is selected to live up to his name in the sportinglife.com Handicap.
The four-year-old came good for Newmarket trainer Robert Cowell here last time out. He looks a speedy sort and Cowell’s good record with sprinters suggests that he may be able to eke out further improvement from this four-year-old, who has not been with him very long.
Sledmere trainer Declan Carroll sends Pull The Pin to Kempton for the sportinglife.com ‘Hands And Heels’ Apprentice Handicap.
The three-year-old showed ability last time out at Southwell when filling the runner-up spot. If he can reproduce that form on this faster surface, he ought to give Luke Leadbitter a good ride.
Back at Lingfield and Starfield promises to be hard to beat in the Dormansland Handicap.
Having only his third start at Wolverhampton last time out, John Gosden’s gelding won by a decisive margin in maiden company. The handicapper has taken no chances in allotting him an opening rating of 88, but he has plenty of potential. Robert Havlin has the mount.
Newmarket trainer Roger Varian has good prospects of landing both divisions of the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing Maiden Stakes.
In the opening leg, he saddles Soaring Spirits, then later it is the turn of Tebbit.
• Today’s nap is Hollow Penny (1.30, Lingfield).
4.00 Layla’s Oasis, 4.30 Having A Ball, 5.00 Neige D’Antan, 5.30 Serenity Spa (NAP), 6.00 Harris Tweed, 6.30 Rockalong, 7.00 Ubetterbegood, 7.30 Pull The Pin.
12.00 Soaring Spirits, 12.30 Tebbit, 1.00 Brocklebank, 1.30 We Have A Dream, 2.00 Polar Venture, 2.35 Starfield, 3.10 Thecornishcowboy, 3.40 Rogue Reporter.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: The meetings at Fontwell, Southwell and Wetherby have been abandoned.
Today’s meetings: Lingfield. The meetings at Sedgefield and Southwell have been abandoned.