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| January 17, 2019 | Reply

At the weekend I told you that 2019 would be a fantastic year for free content here at the Betting Rant and I wasn’t exaggerating…

Shortly I’ll be handing over to our resident flat racing expert Miles Tredwell for the first in a new series of free articles.

Miles has worked with us for six years and runs two highly profitable services (the Syndicate and the Racing Code) however he’s not all about the P&L, and his analysis of races has always proved extremely popular…

That’s why I’ve asked him to share some of that knowledge with you on a weekly basis.

But before that I have some free tickets to a big event to give away!

I’m delighted to announce that on Monday February 18th the Betting Rant will be sponsoring the jump racing meet at Lingfield.

This means we’ll be naming some of the races, presenting the trophies to winning connections and, most importantly, meeting some of our readers.

I will be there along with Miles Tredwell, The Professional’s Adam Cheng and others, and we’d love for you to join us.

I have a handful of free tickets to give away and if you’d like one all you need to do is email…

Be quick though as they will be allocated on a first come first served basis!

Right then, on to Miles, with a typically topical article.

An expert’s guide to Lingfield

In keeping all possibilities open, it’s safe to say that there is at least one thing that you may, or may not, know about Lingfield:

1) The course is the only one in the UK to host racing across all three codes – National Hunt, Flat and All-Weather.

2) It’s the only course in the world to be a hosting races sponsored by the Betting Rant on February 18th 2019.

3) The course lives in a village in Surrey, south of London and close to the M25, that shares the same name, and has done since it opened in 1890.

4) In 1994 The Cranberries hit record was called ‘Linger’ and not ‘Lingfield.’ If you find yourself singing, ‘You’ve got me wrapped around your finger, do you have to let it Lingfield, do you have to, do you have to, do you have to let it Lingfield,’ then you’re getting the words wrong.

5) Racing highlights at the course include All-Weather Finals Day each Good Friday and The Winter Derby each February.

Lingfield appears to be a quiet, leafy, attractive and affluent village and this feel continues into the immediate surrounding area…

Yet, it is only a few miles from both the M25 and M23, has a train station close to the course with a direct line to London Victoria and, if you find yourself having breakfast in Oslo or Lanzarote and craving some low grade handicaps on sand then, being just 10 miles from Gatwick Airport, Lingfield could welcome you that afternoon.

It’s a small course with a capacity of 8,700, although much of the winter racing here sees only a fraction of that figure in attendance. Being compact, the prime viewing areas and parade ring are conveniently close to each other and a more than ample range of food and drink is available and easily accessible.

It gives the impression of being well managed and organised with enough competent and knowledgeable staff to keep service efficient and queues short – something many UK courses could learn from, I’m sure you’ll agree.

There is a friendly feel and even their busiest day of the year, on Good Friday, would be suitable for bringing the family and having a great day out.

The All-Weather course has a Polytrack surface, also used in the UK at Kempton and Chelmsford. It is a tight, left-handed track that lies inside the turf track, covers just under a mile and a quarter and is run mostly on a gradual bend until hitting the two furlong home straight…

The winning post and final straight are at the lowest point and the downhill approach followed by the final turn is not to every horse’s liking with the need to keep balanced before looking to attack.

The trend of the south-east to have a downhill approach – think Epsom, Goodwood and Brighton – can be a positive pointer to those who will be suited by the configuration here.

With almost unrelenting bends there can be little chance to pass rivals, making the first furlong a battle for position, knowing that these places will probably remain unaltered until hitting the final turn.

Although horses can win from any position here, those towards the rear need to corner well when entering the business end of proceedings…

Take that turn into the home straight too wide and ground and momentum are lost, keep closer to the rail and there’s the danger of getting stuck behind traffic.

There’s also the suspicion that there’s a slight camber in the run for home, falling away towards the far rail, with considerably more winning down the centre than by sticking to the rail furthest from viewers, both live and on tv.

Flat racing is also run here on turf in the summer, but it’s worth bearing in mind that races under a mile are run over an entirely straight course and that races run over further, although having a similar shape to the All-Weather course, being the outside of the two tracks, the turf course has a longer finishing straight which gives more time to mount a challenge and reducing the pressure for position both at the start and directly after turning for home.

Next week I’ll keep the focus on Lingfield, looking at the importance of the draw, which trainers and jockeys do particularly well here and highlight how next month’s Winter Derby could provide vital information for use on Good Friday in April.

Miles Tredwell


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