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Sweet Liberta and Lingfield joined in happy marriage
10:08am Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in Sport
SWEET Liberta claimed a weak event at Lingfield last time but can follow up in the Kempton For Weddings Handicap at the Sunbury venue.
The four-year-old took a while to come good but she is on a roll at present and bids for a hat-trick here.
Out of luck in her first 11 attempts, Andrew Balding’s charge made the most of a moderate event at this track earlier in the month, finishing strongly to prevail by the best part of two lengths.
Racing with a 6lb penalty at Lingfield last week, Sweet Liberta was sent off an evens favourite to follow up and she duly landed those odds when an impressive four-and-a-halflength scorer.
She probably did not beat too much on that occasion but having had to race wide, it looked to be a decent enough performance.
Sweet Liberta will be saddled with a further penalty this time but with 7lb claimer Daniel Muscutt taking the ride, that extra chunk of weight is negated and Balding’s filly is taken to run well again.
Just three runners go to post for the Time Ordered Cards In Racing Plus Handicap and Foxtrot Jubilee is the pick of the trio. The threeyear- old was a winner on his racecourse bow at this track in November before following up on his first attempt in handicap company in December.
Racing off a mark of 79 that day, he was not pushed too hard to win by a head, which is likely to be quite a bit better than the bare form suggests.
His narrow margin of victory has seen the handicapper raise him just 4lb and while he has plenty to find with Equitania on the numbers, he makes plenty of appeal as a horse on the upgrade.
Laudation looked in desperate need of the experience on his racecourse bow and an improved performance is anticipated in the Play Golf At Lingfield Marriott Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.
Related to some decent types, Laudation was a ninelength fourth on his first attempt but showed a glimpse of ability on that occasion and should be much wiser now.
Storm Runner makes a swift return to action in the Lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap after finishing a close-up sixth at Kempton last Saturday.
He was only three lengths off the winner in a bunched finish to a competitive handicap heat, although he never really looked like winning.
Twice a winner at this track in December, Storm Runner is best off a strong pace and if someone takes on the gallop here, he is capable of defying his increased mark.
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