Perfect Pasture chasing six-timer at Lingfield
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RARELY can the fitting of a visor have had such a dramatic effect as since the headgear has been put on Perfect Pasture, the Mick Easterby-trained sprinter has racked up five wins in a row after failing to break his maiden in his first six outings.
The four-year-old goes for a sixth successive victory and attempts to defy a 36lb rise in his rating, having started winning off a mark of 57.
Easterby is using Lingfield expert Adam Kirby for the first time to help in the bid for a six-timer.
Whaileyy, top weight but off the same mark as when second a year ago, and Capone, third in the race two years ago and the oldest in the field at nine, are back for more.
The previous two runnings have been won by market leaders who have carried 9st 5lb or more. Whaileyy is the only qualifier in the latter category.
Perfect Pastures has some top percentages on his side with his trainer Mick Easterby winning with his only all-weather runner at the track last year, making it three from 14 runners in the last five seasons. Adam Kirby has had a winner at the last three meetings at Lingfield and seven from his last 20 rides at the Surrey track.
What they say
Marco Botti, trainer of Whaileyy
"He's had a long break in preparation for an all-weather campaign as he has good form on the surface. He seems well but will come on for the run."
Karl Burke, trainer of Rivellino
"He's in great order and has come on again from his Wolverhampton win. I'm happy with the draw in eight and he should run well. We've always thought a lot of him but he's been quite a slow-maturing horse."
Peter Crate, trainer of Elusivity and Picansort
"Picansort is in really good nick but would prefer the race over five furlongs. Elusivity has had a break since I bought him and will come on for the run."
David Easterby, assistant trainer of Perfect Pasture
"Six wins in a row would be fantastic. The headgear has improved him no end and hopefully he can improve again to defy the handicapper. We've turned to Adam [Kirby] to bring us a bit more luck."
Michael Attwater, trainer of Capone and Noble Deed
"It's a case of one young improver on the up and an old horse coming down the weights. They worked together this week and Capone worked better, but Noble Deed does produce his best in races. We tried Noble Deed over seven furlongs last time after his targeted Lingfield race was lost to the fog and the drop to six will help, as will the better draw for him to tuck in. Capone needed his first run for us after eight months. It's hard to pick between them."
Simon Dow, trainer of Diamond Charlie
"He had a little break over Christmas and was a bit unlucky at Wolverhampton. The outside draw isn't a negative due to his his running style."
Today's key pointer
Scottish Glen has figures of 13121111 in Lingfield handicaps (+£34.50 to £1 level stakes) including three wins from three over 1m. He runs in the 3.45.
Pointer appears from Raceform Interactive
Newcastle Heavy, soft in places