Timeform take you through the card at Lingfield on Wednesday…

“…well worth another try at this sort of distance and, granted luck in-running, she has to have a chance now 1 lb lower than her last winning mark…”

Timeform on Pivotal Flame

13:20 – Several of these look open to improvement now making their handicap debuts, but the one who stands out at the prices is ROYAL GUILD (5). Sir Mark Prescott is notoriously good with such types, and Royal Guild left the impression on all of his starts last season that he would come into his own once tackling middle distances this year. Prescott’s record at Lingfield is also a positive one, so a bold show is expected from Royal Guild under Luke Morris. Last-time-out winner Debbonair and Renegade Master looks obvious dangers.

13:50 – This looks a good opportunity for PARADISE BOY (3) to open his account having made an encouraging debut when third at Chelmsford last month, running green and doing all his best work near the finish. The significant step up in trip to a mile and a half should suit, too, with stamina on the dams side of the pedigree and, unless one of the newcomers prove to be above average, this should be plain sailing for Paradise Boy.

14:25 – FLORENCIO (3) did well under the circumstances when finishing third at Chelmsford seven weeks ago, having the worst of the draw and racing wide as a result, running on in the straight when the race was all but over. The feeling is he is up to winning a handicap off this mark and should be backed accordingly. Kodiline responded well for this rider when beating Highland Acclaim and Critical Thinking over this C&D 11 days ago and is feared most.

15:00 – Ryan Moore is starting to get back into the swing of things after his winter break and one of his rides at Lingfield, K CLUB (2), perhaps has a better chance than the odds suggest. She produced a career best to resume winning ways in a nursery over C&D last month, and maybe found the run coming too soon when below form at Kempton just five days later. K Club still looks fairly treated from a mark of 88 and is worth chancing in an open heat. James Street is potentially ahead of his opening mark and looks a big danger.

15:30 – PIVOTOL FLAME (6) is a two-time winner here and generally saves her best for this track, again shaping better than the bare result when seventh in a handicap over a mile and a quarter last time. She made steady headway on the outer three furlongs out, but was pushed wide on the bend entering the straight as a result, giving away ground. Pivotal Flame is well worth another try at this sort of distance and, granted luck in-running, she has to have a chance now 1 lb lower than her last winning mark. Mark Johnston’s handicap debutant Galitello could prove the biggest danger.

16:00 – HERRINGSWELL (1) needs forgiving a lesser effort earlier this month, running no sort of race, but she was largely consistent during the second half of 2018 and could be worth chancing to bounce back from what looks a workable mark. Brockey Rise, Baby Gal and Black Truffle head up the dangers in a very tricky finale.

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