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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Merdon Castle is set to storm Lingfield

MERDON CASTLE has already booked his ticket for All Weather Championships Finals day but connections would surely not say no to a win in the 32Red Conditions Stakes at Lingfield along the way.

The three-year-old hails from one of owner Jeff Smith's well-established families as a grandson of Blue Siren, who was first past the post in the Nunthorpe for Smith before being disqualified back in 1994.

Merdon Castle is not of that calibre yet but he has clearly shown ability as he was highly tried last term, chasing home multiple Pattern winner Kool Kompany before being pitched into the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He finished down the field that day and was then put away until reappearing at Kempton last month, when he chased home a hot favourite in the race-fit Hawkesbury.

Merdon Castle clearly benefited from the outing as he pitched up at Chelmsford earlier this month in top form, overcoming a tardy start to eventually see off Apache Storm by a neck.

Merdon Castle will be having his first outing at Lingfield but given the main event on Good Friday is staged at this track, this will be an excellent sighter.

DREAM CHILD boasts a healthy wins-to-runs ratio with four victories in nine outings and she can further augment those statistics in the coral.co.uk Handicap at Wolverhampton.

She has clearly developed a real affinity for the Tapeta surface at Dunstall Park as each of those wins has come at this very venue, most recently when a three-quarter-length winner last month.

Her three previous successes had come over just short of 10 furlongs but switched up to a mile and a half, Dream Child showed plenty of stamina to run out a comfortable victor.

However, dropped back to nine and a half furlongs on Monday, Dream Child enjoyed no sort of luck as she could not find a run when needed and eventually had to settle for second, beaten just a short head.

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