York-based jockey Robert Winston, two winners shy of recording a century for 2012, is fancied to fulfil his aim as he makes a final effort at Lingfield today.
Four times in his career Winston has recorded 100 or more winners and, having worked his socks off on the all-weather since the turf season ended early last month, he is now in a position to make it number five.
He has three solid winning chances this afternoon aboard Amosite, Brocklebank and Chrissycross on the final Flat card of the year.
Amosite, trained by John Jenkins, failed by only a head to beat Patavium Prince on this course two weeks ago over seven furlongs. She reverts to six furlongs today, but she won over the shorter distance at Yarmouth in the summer. She promises to go well in the £32 Bonus At 32Red.com Handicap.
In the 32Red Handicap, Brocklebank bids to make it three wins from his last four starts.
Formerly with Kevin Ryan and now with Simon Dow, the three-year-old beat Lockantanks by a length over this course and distance three weeks ago, with Fathsta, a Wolverhampton winner since, finishing third.
That was a claiming race and Brocklebank is now back into handicap company, but he is a horse in form, proven on the course and he should make a strong assault.
Winston can also enjoy a good ride on nap selection Chrissycross in the 32Red.com Handicap, the concluding race on the card.
Roger Teal’s three-year-old, a course and distance winner three starts back, has proved herself to be in good form since. She should be involved in a finish on a day when Winston could well reach his 100-winner milestone.
Also worth noting at the Surrey course are Eagle Nebula (12.00), a previous course winner, and the speedy Novabridge (3.00).
Norton jockey Tom Eaves may be the one to follow at Wolverhampton tomorrow as he bids to make a flying start to 2013.
Eaves is fancied to score on Sir Boss (1.50) and Golden Flower (3.00), two horses on whom he has recently notched course wins.
Sir Boss won as recently as Boxing Day for trainer Michael Mullineaux, who also had a winner on the course the following evening, which proved beyond doubt that his string is now comfortably over the bug which affected his Cheshire yard earlier this year. Sir Boss may well be able to defy a 6lb penalty.
Golden Flower represents the North Yorkshire stable of David O’Meara, who took over this filly from Irish trainer Ger Lyons last month. She has been in good form lately and ran out a decisive wide-margin winner on this course just before Christmas. A follow up is on the cards from tomorrow’s nap selection.
Alfred Hutchinson (4.05), trained by Geoff Oldroyd for Pocklington owner-breeder Reg Bond, was a workmanlike winner on this course last week and is fancied to complete a quick double.
Although the 6lb penalty he is set to carry promises to make life tougher for the five-year-old, the booking of Willy Twiston-Davies, who claims a valuable 5lb, virtually erases his added burden.
The useful Woolfall Sovereign (2.25), narrowly beaten by Piscean last time after previously scoring at Lingfield, and Myzamour (3.35), who has course-winning form, are two others to consider on the opening Flat programme of the New Year.
12.00 Eagle Nebula, 12.30 Roman Order, 1.00 Sherinn, 1.30 Bull Bay, 2.00 Amosite, 2.30 Brocklebank, 3.00 Novabridge, 3.30 Chrissycross (NAP).
Today’s other meeting: Uttoxeter (inspection 7.30am).
Warwick has been abandoned.
1.15 La Estrella, 1.50 Sir Boss, 2.25 Woolfall Sovereign, 3.00 Golden Flower (NAP), 3.35 Myzamour, 4.05 Alfred Hutchinson, 4.35 Valdaw.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Catterick, Cheltenham (inspection 3pm today), Fakenham and Musselburgh.