Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ice Can Freeze out His Rivals

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ice Can Freeze out His Rivals

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Byline: Tanya Stevenson

WITH TODAY'S Jump action at risk from the elements, it is best to focus on Lingfield's All-weather Flat card.

The meeting gets underway with a competitive claimer over a mile-and-a-quarter.

Ocean Applause is in good form having finished ahead of several of today's rivals in recent weeks.

John Ryan's gelding landed a seller in good style over a mile here last week and Joe Doyle takes a useful 7lb off his back.

Honey Of A Kitten is largely consistent but is vulnerable to a stronger finish and looked to be losing her form when unplaced at this track last time out Tempuran is an interesting contender as he reverts to the flat having finished fifth behind Timesremembered at Uttoxeter when last seen in November.

Gabrial The Boss was just ahead of Ocean Applause when second at Kempton but looks vulnerable at today's weights.

Lee Carter's COPPERWOOD (11.50) caught the eye when coming late to take fifth behind Ocean Applause last time out.

He was slowly away that day and should be seen to better effect if Jimmy Quinn can get him to break on level terms.

The Dancing Lord beat The Mongoose in a seller at today's venue last month and the pair renew hostilities in the trappy seven-furlong handicap.

The Mongoose is now 8lb better off at the weights with his rival for that run but should really have won that day.

My preference is for Michael Easterby's ICEBLAST (1.25).

The gelding has been plying his trade at Wolverhampton lately and is yet to run at Lingfield.

However, he has a tremendous finishing kick and would be very hard to beat with a bit of luck in running.

PARISIAN PYRAMID (2.00) is a slightly controversial pick in the six-furlong sprint.

Richard Fahey's veteran is not exactly prolific with just three wins from his 63 career starts and has never prevailed on a synthetic surface.

However, he was a fine third at Wolverhampton last time and tends to go well at Lingfield.

Jamie Spencer is back in the saddle today and he can come fast and late to triumph.

The feature 1m 4f handicap is part of the new All-weather Championship and has attracted some high-class entries. …

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