Sabre Rock was still a maiden after 14 starts for John Best, but has really taken off since joining Julia Feilden in November. The son of Dubawi has repeatedly defied the handicapper, winning four from four over 1 mile 2 furlongs on the Polytrack at Lingfield in recent months, and may be capable of doing so again in the Coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed on Racing Handicap (5.00) on Monday.
The 5-year-old faces arguably his toughest test ever, stepping into 0-75 company off a handicap mark of 74, but he won with plenty in hand on his last visit here in January and may yet have more to offer. The progeny of Dubawi typically progress well, so now that his trainer has, belatedly, found the key to him, he could ultimately prove better than this grade.
His trainer certainly thinks so, because she’s entered him, rather optimistically, in the Group 3 Winter Derby. Whether he’s up to that class remains to be seen but, in the meantime, he’s been given time to freshen up and is reportedly “progressing brilliantly” in his preparation for this race. Certainly, at 3/1 in the early price lists, he looks one to have on our side.
Selection: Lingfield 5.00 Sabre Rock to win