The Inside Line: Mahboob can maintain perfect record at Lingfield

John and Thady Gosden’s four-year-old was a course-and-distance winner in December

Lingfield racecourse
Mahboob won at Lingfield in December and can repeat the trick in the Tips For Every Race At Novice Stakes on Thursday (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Mahboob can make it two wins from two in the Tips For Every Race At Novice Stakes at Lingfield.

The four-year-old made an impressive debut for John and Thady Gosden over course and distance in December last year and can back that up with another trip to the winner’s enclosure.

Mahboob quickened up nicely in the final furlong to put the race to bed when beating Verbier by a neck.

Lakota Brave looks to be the chief danger as he tries to back up victory over the shorter mile trip at Newcastle last month under Hollie Doyle.

And that same combination of Doyle and trainer Archie Watson can gain compensation in the following Download The Raceday Ready App Handicap with Chiefman.

The three-year-old came off an extended break to beat Lunar Rocks by four and a half lengths at Newcastle.

He can make it a quickfire double despite a 6lb penalty.

Kruger Park can follow up his maiden victory as the two leading National Hunt trainers go head-to-head in a match race for the opening Join Racing TV Now Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick.

Paul Nicholls’ six-year-old broke his duck in the Howden Supporting West Berkshire Mencap Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Newbury last month and is getting 7lb from Dan Skelton’s Market Rasen winner Theformismighty.

Freddie Gingell will take off a further 5lb, giving Kruger Park a significant advantage on heavy ground in the two-mile-five-furlong contest.

Lemoncello can defy top weight and benefit from a drop in trip in the Weatherbys & Northampton Town FC Handicap Hurdle.

Giving 9lb to the field should not hamper the five-year-old on his debut for Venetia Williams despite not having raced since a seven-length victory over two miles and three furlongs in France last October for Hector de Lageneste and Guillaume Macaire.

Ali Star Bert can get back in the winner’s enclosure in the Get Raceday Ready Handicap Chase at Southwell.

The eight-year-old was well in contention when a mistake five out unseated Jack Quinlan but can put that error behind him to make it four wins from six starts.

The drop in class will help his cause on distance and ground he favours.

Tan Rapido can continue his progress when he returns to the all-weather in the Get Raceday Ready Restricted Novice Stakes at Wolverhampton.

Charlie Fellowes’ three-year-old won handily at Windsor last summer after being narrowly beaten at Newcastle on his racecourse debut and can hit the ground running on his seasonal reappearance.


NAP: Mahboob (4.25: Lingfield)

DOUBLE: Chiefman (5.00: Lingfield)

TREBLE: Kruger Park (2.55: Warwick)

YANKEE: Ali Star Bert (2.05: Southwell)