The 15:23 mile listed contest at Lingfield offers a ticket to AW Championships Finals day for the winner and looks wide open. Top of the Timeform ratings is Maamora (118) for the Crisford yard, and she's the oldest runner in the field, with plenty going for her.
A Group 3 winner last year, Maamora fared best of the four of these that ran in a similar event at Newmarket last month, finding just returning three-year-old Soft Whisper too good but sticking to her task well having been prominent throughout. She won't be far away once more with a repeat of that form and the polytrack will hold no fears.
Mrs Fitzherbert (117p) is improving quickly and must be feared in her hat-trick bid up in class. A drop back in trip on the all-weather has worked wonders and she followed up her August course-and-distance success with a taking victory at Wolverhampton, breezing past her rivals with a big move on the home turn and readily coming clear from a subsequent winner. There could be plenty more to come from Hughie Morrison's charge.
Dubai Love (116) couldn't lay a glove on Maamora when well backed returning from seven months off and a wind op at Newmarket, not for the first time fading out of things when it mattered. Connections were quick to put the poor showing down to the good to firm ground but she still looks a risky betting proposition for all she's run creditably on polytrack in the past.
Ananya (115) could do with settling down but leaves the impression she has a bigger performance in the locker if she can channel her energy correctly. She's performed with credit in Newmarket handicaps the last twice and her latest effort (when posting a Timeform figure of 101) would have seen her on the premises in a couple of recent runnings of this contest.
The Gosden stable has won the last two renewals with three-year-olds but their representatives this time, Sweet Enough (113), and Kestenna (108), have a bit to find. Sweet Enough struggled in a Group 3 on her latest outing and the form of her previous York handicap win isn’t anything to write home about. Kestenna hasn't been troubling the judge and needs to improve for the return to all-weather.
Timeform Analyst’s Verdict:
MRS FITZHERBERT proved in no uncertain terms that she's ready to step outside of handicaps when winning readily at Wolverhampton last time. She looks a progressive filly up to making an impact at this level. Maamora brings a very solid level of form into the race and she should be in the frame. Rosemary and Thyme could offer some each-way value after some respectable efforts.
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