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Lingfield afternoon racing tips: Best bets for Thursday, February 22

Thursday afternoon racing over the sticks at Lingfield on February 22 and the Planet Sport tipsters are on the hunt for more big winners.

We kick off with some details on our four selected horses at Lingfield, with a full set of tips from the nine-race card at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the full racecard, results and live odds in Planet Sport's racing live centre.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)

 

14:15 (Lingfield) Classic Maestro

The in-form Classic Maestro won hurdling off this mark at Newcastle a week ago.

May take some stopping if making a smooth transition to chasing at the first time of asking.

With the Ben Pauling yard operating at a 32% strike-rate this past fortnight it's impossible to ignore Unit Sixtyfour who is only 4.4lb above his last winning mark and now fitted with first-time cheekpieces.

Brulure Noire disappointed at Leicester in latest but could go close if replicating form of her handicap chase success at Ffos Las in November.

 

15:45 (Lingfield) Major Fortune

Major Fortune can secure his fourth successive victory in the At The Races App Expert Tips Handicap Hurdle.

He has seemingly thrived since stepping up to longer trips, winning over two and a half miles at Market Rasen on Boxing Day before edging up to an extended three miles and a furlong for victory at Hereford.

Major Fortune shrugged off a 3lb rise on that occasion and then ably dealt with a further 6lb when winning over the same two miles and seven furlongs he faces here earlier this month.

Deep ground certainly does not inconvenience him and his five-length margin does not really do him justice, though he will need to improve again off his new mark of 101.

 

16:15 (Lingfield) Galway Mahler

Last-time-out Huntingdon winner Galway Mahler receives a 7.7lb rise in weights which looks manageable and may follow up on that first confidence-boosting chase success.

Moodofthemoment could be in the mix following a decent third-placed finish in a Class Five handicap chase over 2m4f at Leicester. Likely will give Galway Mahler the most to think about.

Twenty Twenty cannot be dismissed lightly having shaped nicely over this distance finishing third at Huntingdon last time and Camulus also warrants consideration.

 

16:45 (Lingfield) Double Click

The Jamie Snowden-trained Double Click posted a fine effort in defeat when runner-up attempting a Class Four handicap hurdle at Leicester.

Will have no problems handling conditions here and can make a bold bid for victory dropping to Class Five company.

Danger could come from handicap debutant Arabescato who may improve now fitted with first-time tongue-tie representing the Olly Murphy yard in excellent form.

Bridge holds solid claims after finishing third hurdling at Southwell last month, while Wise Guy is unexposed and cannot be discounted following a pleasing handicap debut third at Huntingdon.

 

Lingfield selections in full:

LINGFIELD: 2.15 Classic Maestro, 2.45 Home Free, 3.15 Annie Magic, 3.45 Major Fortune, 4.15 Galway Mahler, 4.45 Double Click

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