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Lingfield best bet: Delta Legend can bounce back to form on stable debut

What appears at first glance to be a modest Monday racecard actually has plenty of decent contests lined up, not least this tasty-looking one-mile handicap on Lingfield’s all-weather track.

15:05 Lingfield: AK Bets Watch All UK Racing Handicap - Div 1 (1 mile)

The early betting suggests we’re in for a two-horse race, although even the two clear market leaders are dominated by Alice Haynes’ five-year-old, Swatch, who won at this season’s second attempt at Bath in April, when she has a couple of lengths in hand in a 10-runner handicap.

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He was no less impressive last time out at Beverley, and although having to settle for third, that form has been franked by the runner-up going on to win a higher-class contest at Catterick three weeks later, leaving Swatch looking well-treated here off the same mark.

All that said, the favourite’s price looks a little on the short side in a race of this nature, especially compared to the relative value offered by his closest market rival, Delta Legend.

After a solitary unsuccessful attempt on turf last autumn, the four-year-old’s then-trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam wasted no time pitching him back onto all-weather tracks, where a steadily improving winter campaign was rewarded with a maiden victory over this course and distance in January.

Suggested best bet: Delta Legend in the 15:05 at Lingfield

Although failing to back that up when last seen at Kempton a month later, he turns up here fresh from a three-month break that also involved a change of scenery as he switched yards to Gay Kelleway.

He also has Saffie Osborne on his back for the first time, so he is clearly in the best of hands as he makes his season and stable debut at the scene of his last and only win.


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