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Monday, 5 March 2018

4.30 Lingfield, Wednesday, March 7

Somerset trainer is better known for his exploits in the National Hunt sphere, but his 6-year-old mare Miss Minuty is 3-5 on the Polytrack at Lingfield since returning from a three-month break in December and still looks feasibly weighted in the 4.30 at the Surrey course on Wednesday. The daughter of Verglas has won three times over course and distance and finished strongly when third, beaten 1½ lengths, behind Tom’s Rock in a similar race, again over course and distance, 19 days ago.

She reopposes the winner and the runner-up, Dutch Uncle, on 3lb and 1lb better terms for 1½ lengths and three-quarters of a length, respectively, so appears to have every chance of reversing the form. 
Furthermore, Lingfield suits her closing style so, if promising 7lb claimer Jason Watson can keep her marginally closer to the pace this time, she may be able to deliver a telling challenge late on. The John Best-trained pair Berrahri and Ourmullion both like to race on, or close to, the pace, so there should be no hanging about. The race could be run to suit Miss Minuty and she remains just 3lb higher in the weights than when winning over a mile here two starts ago.

Selection: Lingfield 4.30 Miss Minuty to win