It is cheering that Lingfield has such a competitive card on Saturday and that the fields for Lingfield’s two Epsom trials have held up reasonably well. Perhaps trainers have finally recognized that this sharp, undulating track really does offer a solid clue as to whether a horse will handle the unique challenges of Epsom Downs.
The totesport.com Derby Trial Stakes for colts is the weaker of the two Epsom trials and French raider Linda’s Lad looks a cut above the domestic opposition. He has the right profile to prosper over middle distances as a three-year old. Andre Fabre looks to hold a nap hand in the year’s Derby with Visindar, son of Derby hero Sinndar already at the top of the betting at 3/1 having been priced at 50/1 at the beginning of April.
While many of this field have suspect stamina, Linda’s Lad won the group one Criterium de Saint Cloud over ten furlongs as a two-year old on miserable ground. This trip holds no fears and the fact the French maestro Fabre has sent him over suggests faster ground should not inconvenience him either. Shirocco’s facile win in last week’s Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket suggests that the Fabre’s horses are in fine form.
In the totescoop6 Oaks Trial Sir Michael Stoute’s Sindriana is an obvious pick. Of the fillies running she is highest in the betting for the Epsom main event at around 16/1. Sindriana certainly caught the eye in her maiden success at Leicester, only to get bogged down in bad ground at Newmarket on her last start.
Earlier on the card it should pay dividends to oppose likely favourite Bonus in the Totesport Heritage Handicap. He has won on all three of his latest starts, but All Ivory looks a cut above on the balance of last year’s form.
2:10 – All Ivory (each-way)
2:40 – Linda’s Lad (win)
3:10 – Sindriana (win)