Sunday 21 January 2018

Club success should lead to House party

CLUB HOUSE does not strike as an obvious winner but he might surprise a few in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield.

The five-year-old is a regular feature at the Surrey venue - this will be his 31st start on the all-weather track - but he has not won for over a year.

Club House has, however, claimed all of his six victories at Lingfield, and is, crucially, on the right side of the assessor.

Be that as it may, he may still be sent on his way at a decent price for this one-mile affair.

John O'Shea's gelded son of Marju was too keen and too forceful under an inexperienced pilot on his last start in February, with the partnership eventually fading into fifth spot.

By contrast, Club House was arguably given a little too much to do on his penultimate outing over course and distance, when he stayed on strongly once the cause was lost.

He was not beaten too far that day, though, while previous runs at Lingfield this winter tend to suggest he is in reasonable enough heart.

With the handicapper having taken off another 1lb, he is now 2lb lower than when he strode two and a quarter lengths clear over this one-mile trip in February 2014.

The appointment of useful 7lb claimer Ciarán McKee is also less of a burden for a horse who is due a change of fortune.

BOUNCING CZECH looks the one in the 32RedBingo.com Handicap at Wolverhampton. Amanda Perrett's inmate brought little to the table in three maidens last year, but it was a different story altogether on his handicap debut at Kempton in February.

The three-year-old son of Dandy Man showed good pace under Jim Crowley and only went down by a length and a half to You're Cool, who has won again since then.

ISTIMRAAR could emerge a worthy ally in the Betfred Open Handicap Hurdle Final at Sedgefield.

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