Thursday 22 March 2018

Colour Guard looks unlikely to fade at Lingfield

COLOUR GUARD takes a step into the unknown but is worth a shout in the Breathe Spa At Lingfield Marriott Handicap.

Mark Johnston's charge has so far been confined to the Southwell Fibresand and faces a different test as he tackles the Polytrack surface at the Surrey venue.

Nevertheless, the four-year-old merits the utmost respect after winning three of his four starts at Southwell.

Victorious on his racecourse bow in February, his sole disappointment came when he could muster only fourth on his handicap debut later that month.

Colour Guard has since gone in again and while he has to contend with a 10lb rise and a new racing surface, he looks a thoroughly progressive animal.

Zain Princess put two poor juvenile efforts behind her with a win on her three-year-old debut and she is the choice in the Dine In The Horizons Restaurant Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Well beaten by Colour Guard on her only start this season, the Acclamation filly has not quite looked up to winning a maiden, although she was still very green back in February.

Diva Donkey will be learning with every run Exceed And Excel and should be more streetwise.

Winner of three races since joining Flint's team late last year, Grams And Ounces has jumped 20lb in the ratings after successes at Hereford, Leicester and Ludlow.

The five-year-old was last seen when winning at the last-named venue back in January and while he had to work reasonably hard on that occasion, it was a third run in quick succession.

Given a nice break since then, Grams And Ounces can maintain his winning partnership with 7lb claimer Thomas Flint in the Betfair Don't Settle For Less Handicap Hurdle.

Cheltenham did not exactly pan out for Roulez Cool either, but he can get back on track in the Betfair Lambourn Open Day 6th April Hunters' Chase. Trainer Robert Waley-Cohen has not abandoned hopes of running him in the Grand National and victory here would surely place him in the mix for the Aintree feature.

Philander is the choice in the Roflow Environmental Engineering Maiden Hurdle at Sedgefield.

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