Racing preview for Thursday, October 29

Horse racing
Horse racing

Desert Snow looks the safest proposition in the Listed Stallions River Eden Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

A decent line-up has been assembled in search of valuable black type and while Saeed bin Suroor’s four-year-old meets a couple of her rivals on the wrong terms, her form stands up to scrutiny.

Her record on the all-weather is a very impressive - three wins from four starts - and it reads even better as her only defeat came to The Corsican.

Since winning at Kempton last November she has been lightly raced.

Desert Snow was a close-up third in the Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket in July, but was disappointing on soft ground in the Galtres Stakes at York.

Last time out in Listed company, again at Newmarket, she was no match for John Gosden’s Journey but beat the rest easily enough.

Given Journey was only just reeled in by St Leger winner Simple Verse on Champions Day, that form now looks much stronger than it did at the time.

The fourth, Melodius, was slightly unlucky when second in the St Simon Stakes on Saturday

The return to an artificial surface is a massive plus and Godolphin seem to make hay at this time of year.

Another plus is the slight step up in trip as this time last year she was winning over two miles.

Stablemate Hold Tight had little trouble in seeing off a rival rated 80 on his debut so a mark of 86 may underestimate him in the Ladbrokes Handicap.

He cost 105,000 guineas but did not make the track as a two-year-old.

As a half-brother to Airwave he is obviously worth persevering with, though, and even though he had been gelded before his debut he still looked a little green.

He comes up against a host of thoroughly exposed rivals and could be a good deal better than the rest.

* Selections:

Chelmsford: 4.40 Approcaillis, 5.10 Gale Song, 5.40 Cornelious, 6.10 Jammy Guest, 6.40 Belvoir Diva, 7.10 Kingston Sassafras, 7.40 Lettuce Snow.

Lingfield: 12.50 Intermittent, 1.20 Vaunting, 1.50 Mr Pickwick, 2.20 DESERT SNOW (NAP), 2.50 Hold Tight, 3.20 Pack Together, 3.50 Race Day, 4.20 Hawk Moth.

Sedgefield: 1.00 Western Breeze, 1.30 Be A Dreamer, 2.00 Roja Dove, 2.30 Iora Glas, 3.00 Woodford County, 3.30 Cardinal Rose, 4.00 Vexillum.

Stratford: 1.40 What A Good Night, 2.10 Knight’s Parade, 2.40 Sea Wall, 3.10 Kayf Adventure, 3.40 Al Alfa, 4.10 Charbel.

Double: Desert Snow and Pack Together.