Badri looks to score again for Hills at Lingfield
– Badri has the look of a good thing today in the Ladbrokes ``Play 1-2-Free'' On Football Handicap at Lingfield.
Charlie Hills' colt struck at his third attempt in a novice event over 200m shorter than this trip at the same course last month.
That convincing success came in a first-time tongue tie, which is retained, and Badri has fine prospects of doubling up on his handicap debut.
He starts out in this sphere off a rating of 80, and there is every reason on the basis of his achievements so far that he will be able to handle and soon exceed this company.
Badri beat an odds-on favourite, and consistent benchmark, into third last time - and has appeared to be crying out for this slight step up in trip.
He will need to consolidate his current rate of improvement but faces nothing with the same upward profile among his seven rivals.
Estrela Star is highly likely to continue his rapid progress in the opening Play 4 To Score At Betway Handicap.
Ali Stronge's gelding finished full of running, and evidently pretty pleased with himself, when he bagged his second win in a week at Chelmsford's extra meeting on Tuesday.
The Berkshire trainer is happy to send him to the races again, just three days later, and Estrela Star can make light of the double penalty against largely exposed opposition and bring up the swift hat-trick after hitting such a rich vein of form.
Makram looked a winner in waiting as runner-up on his racecourse debut at Kempton early last month.
Slowly away, he finished with a flourish and attracted all the right comments.
Roger Charlton has allowed 41 days for the experience to sink in, and Makram should be ready to prove he has learned how to win in the Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Novice Stakes.
Saint De Vassy is still a maiden but may well be able to break his duck in the 'Ubique' Handicap Chase at Sandown.
Tom Symonds' lightly raced seven-year-old looked a chaser in the making all last season - and after a blip on his first attempt in this sphere at Chepstow, he was much better when dropped back to 3200m at Hereford last time.
He could never quite get to grips with the front-running winner but kept on well enough in second to suggest another opportunity at the minimum distance - especially on this much stiffer course - is very much worthwhile.
Saint De Vassy was a gradual improver over hurdles, and really should be able to win off this mark and higher as a chaser.
Faire Part Sivola has already scored twice in just four Rules starts and could be about to make it three from five in the Betway 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle. –