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Horse Racing betting tips: Kingston Pride to succeed at Lingfield

There's a really excellent Sunday card at Lingfield and the Racing Post's Gary Savage fancies four selections that could get the job done.

Gary Savage's tips:

12.05 Lingfield - Kingston Pride @ 1/1
1.50 Lingfield - Saint Segal @ 5/2
2.25 Lingfield - Classic Concorde @ 9/1
3.35 Lingfield - O'connell @ 11/2

12.05 Lingfield - Kingston Pride @ 1/1

This 21k to the winner bumper is likely to have been the aim for a few of these, with Olly Murphy's impressive Southwell winner Castle Ivers setting a decent standard, while C&D winner Ask Her Out also shouldn't be underestimated.

They don't set an insurmountable standard though, especially under their penalties, and three of the newcomers catch my eye.

Margaret Mullins doesn't send many runners to Britain so Eagle's Quest is automatically of interest as he does have bumper winners in his pedigree.

His trainer's normally good record in these races has dropped off this year though (0-18 in Irish bumpers) and she hasn't had a winner in this country since Martello Tower won the 2015 Albert Bartlett.

Alan King saddles Naomhi, who as a 4yo filly gets all the allowances and will be receiving 20lb from Castle Ivers. He may struggle to give that weight away if she has ability but her pedigree doesn't make much appeal for a race of this value.

The newcomer to back is the Nicky Henderson-trained point-to-point winner Kingston Pride, who fetched 200,000 Euros after his win.

He showed plenty of pace when finishing his point well, and the horse he beat that day, The Enabler, was also sold for 200k and has since won two bumpers for Gordon Elliott and achieved an RPR of 128.

Kingston Pride was described as 'exciting and imposing' in Henderson's Racing Post stable tour and with owner Olly Harris liking a bumper winner (3-9 in this sphere), he will surely have been aimed at this race.

Gary Savage's tip:

Kingston Pride @ 1/1 - 2pt win

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1.50 Lingfield - Saint Segal @ 5/2

Gavin Cromwell's record in Britain this year is exceptional - 25 percent overall and 27 percent in chases - so The King Of Prs is likely to be extremely popular in this 2m handicap over fences.

I want to take him on though as Jane Williams' 5yo Saint Segal must be given a chance to atone for his last fence fall at Ascot in November.

He looked to be going best that day, having just taken it up from the classy Boothill, and with Triple Trade - reopposing today on the same terms - safely held in behind. 

The fact that performance came on good ground, with his trainer stating in a stable tour after that win that 'soft or heavy ground would definitely be in his favour', bodes very well for a race on a recently frozen surface that could ride anywhere from good to heavy.

This race was nominated as his next run on that stable tour, and with the likeable Triple Trade giving the form a boost when winning next time, the five-year-old Saint Segal is crying out to be backed.

Gary Savage's tip:

Saint Segal @ 5/2 - 1pt win

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2.25 Lingfield - Classic Concorde @ 9/1

An extremely competitive looking 2m7f handicap hurdle, but with a couple trying to refind their mojo after chasing careers that have gone wrong, and more with nothing in hand of the handicapper, this looks best left to Dai Brace's rampant 11-year-old Classic Concorde.

The form of his most recent win, his fifth in his last six starts, has already been franked by runner-up J'Ai Froid, who got up in determined style off 3lb higher in a Class 2 at Warwick.

That sort of run from a well-seen-off opponent shows how impressive the selection has been in his recent run of form, with the handicapper struggling to keep up. 

He's only been raised from 94 to today's rating of 119 since last August, with those five wins coming by not much more than 10 lengths, and his best career run was his most recent which also came in this class.

Tom Broughton is excellent value for his 7lb claim and the veteran, to whom all ground comes like, can take care of his younger opposition.

Gary Savage's tip:

Classic Concorde @ 9/1  - 1pt win

3.35 Lingfield - O'connell @ 11/2

Another bottom weight who looks to have a decent chance is Sue Smith's lightly-raced eight-year-old who should relish this extreme test of stamina and comes here on an upward trajectory.

Smith has only ever had five runners at Lingfield and must rate the chances of this gelding having more to offer with Harry Cobden an encouraging booking.

With only nine runs to date, he looks to be a horse with plenty more to give and has shown steady improvement in his races this winter.

He beat a subsequent winner comfortably at Market Rasen in early December over 3m, before getting run out the places at the same course on Boxing Day.

That run was over 3m 3 1/2f, his first try at an extended trip, and he travelled supremely well that day before getting outsprinted after the last. 

He didn't look to fail for lack of stamina and was coming back at the line despite getting squashed on the run in.

He was sent off 15/8 favourite for that similar contest and with Cobden doing the steering I expect him to capture this prize.

Gary Savage's tip:

O'Connell @ 11/2 - 1pt win

Gary Savage's tips:

12.05 Lingfield - Kingston Pride @ 1/1
1.50 Lingfield - Saint Segal @ 5/2
2.25 Lingfield - Classic Concorde @ 9/1
3.35 Lingfield - O'connell @ 11/2

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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