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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Lancelot Du Lac aiming to go one better than last year

Lancelot Du Lac: leading contender to win the Sprint
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3.10 Lingfield
Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes | Class 2 | 6f | 4yo+ | ITV4/ATR

Only Alben Star stopped Lancelot Du Lac from claiming the Sprint crown last year and 12 months on Dean Ivory's sprinting star bids to go one better.

The seven-year-old has been in great form through the winter, winning at Chelmsford and the Listed Cleves Stakes over course and distance, before finishing runner-up to Royal Birth in the Hever Sprint.

Royal Birth is among the opposition again, along with 2015 winner Pretend. Charlie Appleby's sprinter won at Kempton in January, but has not been as good on his last two starts and was fifth behind Royal Birth in the Hever Sprint.

Victory for Doc Sportello would complete an amazing few months. Picked up by Michael Herrington after winning a Newcastle claimer, the five-year-old then took a fast-track qualifier at Newcastle and has risen to a mark of 102 from 78.

Beasley worth backing
Connor Beasley does not ride at Lingfield too often, but from 22 rides in the last five seasons, he has six winners (27 per cent strike-rate). He is aboard Mythmaker.

Good record
Charlie Appleby has a good record at the track with a 30 per cent strike-rate for the last five seasons (44 from 146). He saddles Pretend.

Course specialists
Eleven of the 14-strong field have won at the Surrey venue, while Doc Sportello is the only runner to have never tackled the track.

What they say

Michael Herrington, trainer of Doc Sportello
He seems in good form, but is going to need a lot of luck in running from his draw.

Richard Fahey, trainer of Kimberella
We’re very happy with him, he’s a grand horse and I hope he runs well.

Dean Ivory, trainer of Lancelot Du Lac
Going over six should suit. I think he's got a great chance, you just need luck in running.

Bryan Smart, trainer of Mythmaker
He's well and I'm pleased with him.

James Given, trainer of Sign Of The Kodiac
We're pleased with the draw. He's come back into form having won the qualifier at Dundalk. He's got a bit to find, but has a pretty good record at Lingfield.

Andrew Balding, trainer of Verne Castle
There's a slight question mark stepping up a furlong and he has a lot of speed. He was a bit below par last time but we're happy with him now and on his previous run he'll have every chance if he stays.

I think he's got a great chance, you just need luck in running
E.W. Terms
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