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Sunday, 29 July 2018

3.50 Lingfield Outsider Tip, Monday, July 30

The vagaries of the British summer have even affected the Polytrack at Lingfield, where the going is currently standard to slow, but that shouldn’t unduly hinder Dorian Gray, who looks poised for a bold bid in the Exclusive Spread Betting Handicap (3.50) at the Surrey course during horse racing today. The son of Coral-Eclipse winner So You Think could find no extra in the closing stages when only third of six, beaten 7¼ lengths, behind Comrade In Arms at Wolverhampton four weeks ago, but that was in 0-80 company, so he should appreciate easing back in grade off a 1lb lower mark.

He should enjoy the return to Polytrack, too, having just been touched off, off a 1lb lower mark, in a 0-60 contest over course and distance on his last visit to Lingfield in April. The winner that day, Sauciehall Street, reopposes on 2lb worse terms for a neck and, in any case, has hardly covered himself in glory by beating just one of 18 rivals in two subsequent efforts on turf.

Dorian Gray is entitled to improve a little for his Wolverhampton run – his first for 79 days – and, even if he doesn’t, he looks handicapped well enough to take what is, at best, a modest contest by the scruff of the neck. Lingfield isn’t, generally, a course where horses who like to force the pace excel, but with no obvious front runner in opposition Dorian Gray could be gifted a soft lead and, if so, should be a tough nut to crack.

Selection: Lingfield 3.50 Dorian Gray to win 14/1


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