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Scarlet Pimpernel and veteran jockey, Jimmy Fortune, might just be located in the Lingfield winners’ enclosure this afternoon!
This twice-raced, Hughie Morrison-trained, Sir Percy filly faces seven rivals in a 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over a mile of polytrack; apart from likely-favourite, Battlement, and Hamdan al Maktoum-owned newcomer, Taraabut, from Richard Hannon’s yard, there is none capable of denying Scarlet Pimpernel one of three places.
Providing all go to post (make sure they do!) our selection looks guaranteed to make the frame, by default!
This is the type of bet we’re always looking for and we’ve found Scarlet Pimpernel, named after the elusive HG Wells’ fictional character! Fortune is a genuine veteran, he simply loves riding and being involved in racing; a couple of years ago Jimmy lost his wife in unfortunate circumstances and so a ‘full life’ is a prime requisite for the popular Irishman.
If Scarlet Pimpernel is good enough following a 187 days absence Jimmy will be and, don’t forget, Hughie has spotted a 5lbs fillies allowance which equates to two lengths or so.
Grand National week kicks off with this moderate card, which runs in tandem to jumping at Warwick; the build-up is bound to be tremendous and, hopefully, will end with a long-priced winner of the ‘Worlds’ greatest horserace’ (tipped by yours truly!) on Saturday.
Several of those glorious winners we tipped at Cheltenham last month are set to come out again; most intriguing but I’m aware they endured gruelling experiences because the time-handicap marks achieved illustrate it, without fear of contradiction.
Looking forward to those magical three-days at Liverpool and all flat-race ‘trials’ this month at Newbury and Newmarket; great to be alive as springs unfolds, eh?
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