Hugh Taylor

Hugh has three selections plus analysis online for Lingfield on Tuesday evening, live on Sky Sports Racing.

Updated 9.14, 9.29, 10.05 - all selections online

TOMSHALFBROTHER did most of his racing over 5f in the early stages of his career, but the evidence that he is better over 6f seems strong and granted luck in running he should go well in the 6f handicap at Lingfield (6.15).

As his name suggests, he’s a half-brother to the same connections’ multiple 5f winner Grandfather Tom, but the latter’s sire is Kheleyf, whereas Tomshalfbrother is by Sir Percy, who is much more of an influence for stamina.

Consequently it’s no surprise that Tomshalfbrother showed improved form when winning in good style on his first start over 6f at Chelmsford in March, well on top at the line.

He has only raced over 6f on the all-weather once since then, and that was on his latest start here, when he finished strongly into third having been forced very wide on the home turn.

The first half of the race will be important here, as it so often is at Lingfield, as his chance may well depend on how far back he is at the finish, but if he’s within reasonable range turning for home he should go close.

KING’S VIEW  is relatively unexposed on the all-weather, but already gives the impression he is going to prove a fair bit better on that surface than on turf, and he might be able to bounce back after a below-par run at Newmarket in the 7f handicap at Lingfield today (5.10).

He shaped quite well on his first all-weather start when a never-nearer sixth at Kempton in first-time blinkers last October, making a big move from the rear approaching the 2f pole and staying on steadily to the line.

He took a big step forward when a good second at Chelmsford on his seasonal debut in June, and that form worked out really well, with five of the first nine winning one of their next two starts.

He finished well held at Newmarket last time, but he looks the type to develop into an all-weather specialist, and he might prove a different proposition today back on an artificial surface.

PEARL BEACH  doesn’t looks straightforward as she has hung left off the bridle more than once, but she might be helped by the inside draw at Lingfield tonight (7.45) and she ran very well when last seen on the all-weather.

She finished third at Chelmsford last month in a handicap which wasn’t run in a bad time and which has worked out quite well. She had caught the eye when making up plenty of ground in the closing stages over a mile on her only previous all-weather outing at Kempton.

She hung away from the favoured rail at Windsor last time, but did eventually knuckle down to her task and went down only narrowly to Forge Valley lad, who renews rivalry here.

William Knight saddles two runners and it’s possible that Callum Shepherd, who rides Selsey Sizzler, had the choice of mounts. Selsey Sizzler has been running in better races than this and is another to consider, but I think Pearl Beach might turn out to be better on the all-weather than on turf and she is preferred.

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