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Trip switch likely to spark Fratellino at Lingfield

THE return to five furlongs might just do it for Fratellino in the feature race of the day at Lingfield tomorrow.

Alan McCabe's likeable six-year-old is all about pace, and has arguably found six furlongs beyond him on his last few starts in good company.

That certainly seemed the case over that trip here at the beginning of the month, when he became embroiled in a frenetic tussle for the lead before growing weary late on.

McCabe's inmate is a seriously sharp horse over the minimum trip, as illustrated over this course and distance last March when he scooped the Listed Hever Sprint Stakes by half a length.

Fratellino will never find things entirely straightforward in handicaps off a mark of 100, but he is a cut above most of these rivals and is clearly in decent nick.

Focail Maith's return to the winner's enclosure in the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel Handicap would not be the biggest shock in racing history.

Trainer John Ryan has done a good job with this five-year-old gelding, who has thrived on the all-weather this winter. Ryan's inmate was a determined winner over this course and distance in December and has since twice occupied the runner-up berth in decent-looking events.

Focail Maith is on a career-high mark here, but that has been hard earned due to his mid-winter consistency.

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