Hugh has two bets online for Friday's racing from Lingfield - live on Sky Sports Racing.
Updated 9.13, 9.42 - all selections online.
MISS COMMUNICATE appeared to show improved form on her third and latest start at Lingfield, and she looks an interesting handicap debutante in the 1m event at the same course on Friday (2.25).
She didn’t show much on her first two starts, changing stables between those pair of outings, but her latest effort switched to this track was much more encouraging.
Held up towards the rear in the early stages having been dropped in from her high draw, she still had only two behind her turning for home, but made up a fair amount of ground off what had been a relatively steady pace in the final two furlongs to finish fifth.
She ran a similar race to horses that have been allocated marks of 65 and 66 respectively, so her own opening rating of 59 looks potentially lenient. She has a better draw here and with Adam Kirby booked she looks capable of a big run.
MUSIC MAJOR represents a stable that gives the impression it is back in form after a long spell in the doldrums, and after an eyecatching run last time he looks overpriced in the 1m4f handicap at Lingfield (4.40).
This race probably revolves around Cracker Factory, who has been runner-up in a Group 2 juvenile hurdle since he was last seen on the Flat and could be thrown in upped in trip on his return to this code, though he did run poorly when last seen over hurdles.
Music Major ran an eyecatching race over this course and distance last time, getting going too late off an ordinary pace. His lack of form last year might have a simple explanation, as his stable struggled badly (had a losing run of 138 on the Flat between September and February), but the yard has been going much better lately.
He won off an 8lb higher mark last winter and left the impression he was poised to take advantage of his much-reduced mark last time, flashing home into fourth despite not enjoying the clearest of passages in the straight.
He does need things to drop right given his hold-up style and his chance might be dependent on the pace scenario, but he’s well up to winning off his current mark if things go his way.
Hugh's Best Bets (scale 1-5 points):
1pt win MISS COMMUNICATE (14-1 Coral, 12-1 Betfred, bet365, Ladbrokes, Willaim Hill)
1pt win MUSIC MAJOR (10-1 Ladbrokes, 9-1 Coral, 8-1 general)
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