2.00 Lingfield – EAGLE CREEK (nap)
The selection, trained by Simon Crisford, is a nicely-bred son of Raven’s Pass who debuted in a 1m maiden at Newbury last October (7/2 chance), racing enthusiastically close up and still going easily approaching to the two furlong marker, soon ridden and holding every chance until inside the final furlong when fading into fifth behind Sound Bar (beaten 6¼ lengths). This colt shaped a fair bit better than the bare result suggests, his refusal to settle fully appearing to impact on his finishing effort, considerately handled once his chance had gone. He does have to turn around form with the runner-up from that day, Mathix, but the mere fact his astute handler is willing to take that rival on again speaks volumes. The switch to polytrack also ought to suit well, his dam a winner on the surface and his sire’s progeny boasting a solid record on synthetic surfaces; open to significant improvement, a winning return to action for this son of Raven’s Pass wouldn’t at all surprise.
2.30 Lingfield – TAWAAFOQ (nb)
The selection, trained by Richard Hannon, is a nicely-bred son of Showcasing who debuted in a 6f maiden at Salisbury last July (9/4 chance), taking a fierce grip in midfield and moving through to dispute the lead briefly two furlongs out, soon headed and dropping away inside the final furlong to finish sixth behind Shozita (beaten 5¾ lengths). His refusal to settle was also feature of his other two outings last term, fourth in a 6f maiden at Newmarket (July) the following month before signing off with an eighth place finish in a 7f maiden at York last October, travelling well close up but failing to see things out (beaten 6¾ lengths). An opening mark of 71 could well prove very lenient indeed if the gelding operation and the fitting of a hood has the desired effect, much too keen to have a meaningful impact on proceedings at two; bred to be useful, it would come as no surprise to see everything now click for this son of Showcasing on handicap debut.