ADAM KIRBY: Lingfield Saturday

Busy afternoon before the short Christmas break. I have six rides at Lingfield this afternoon and then it’s back up to Wolverhampton on Boxing Day for a book of five rides currently.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019.

SATURDAY

LINGFIELD

TEMPLE ROAD (12.00pm)

Has been a grand servant but has only raced twice so far this year and was disappointing last time out when finishing last of nine at Wolverhampton. The hope would have to be that he needed that first run of the season, that this race is easier and he’s down 2lb in the weights which hopefully might spark some improvement.

ROCKIES SPIRIT (12.35pm)

I rode him for the first time at Wolverhampton last month and he stayed on late in the day for a win at Wolverhampton. He’s up 3lb to race off 73 today but earlier in the year he was racing off 86. Hopefully he will run his race again against a lot of rivals who don’t seem to be coming into this in great form.

WATER’S EDGE (1.10pm)

Not much form to go on here but my fella did well at Wolverhampton for me last time out when third over a mile. We led early but he also stuck on nicely too and if he improves again I think we can run a big race. Jason (Tate) also runs debutant Top Rank in the race and another newcomer Harvey Dent looks interesting on pedigree.

PART EXCHANGE (2.15pm Betway Quebec Stakes)

Best race on the card and it’s attracted a quality field including the progressive and talented Wissahickon who won the Cambridgeshire and is clearly the one we all have to beat – especially as he is already proven on the all-weather. Going on the ratings, Part Exchange is in at the deep end here. She’s back at the course where she made a six length winning debut and has raced three times since so there could still be some improvement but this is a tough ask.

LORD GEORGE (2.50pm)

I’m riding him for the first time. James (Fanshawe) has dropped him back in trip – his last run here was a huge effort on All-Weather Championship Day when he was pipped just a nose in a driving finish in the Marathon but that came over nearly two miles. Hopefully we can see another big run over this shorter trip.

ANOTHER GO (3.25pm)

This couldn’t look any more competitive. I’m onboard the joint top weight Another Go who is back on the flat after a couple of spins over hurdles. He showed some promise when 6th here in July and is now off a 4lb lower mark, so you’d give him a squeak but it really looks wide open.

Good luck
ADAM


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