Lancelot Du Luc went down by half a length to Royal Birth in the Hever Sprint Stakes, over 5 furlongs, on his last visit to Lingfield in February and reopposes on identical terms in the All-Weather Sprint Championship Conditions Stakes (3.10) at the Surrey track on Friday. However, Royal Birth has yet to win beyond the minimum trip and Lancelot Du Luc, who has an enviable strike-rate on Polytrack, including two course and distance wins, must have every chance of reversing the form over an extra furlong. Dean Ivory’s 7-year-old ran on well under pressure to beat Mythmaker, Boom The Groom, Gracious John and Pretend in a bunch finish over course and distance in February and, while there’s clearly not much too choose between the quintet on the form book, the Shamardal gelding can confirm the form. Regular partner Robert Winston takes the ride.
Selection: Lancelot Du Luc to win (9/2 with William Hill)