THE Blue Square Sprint Series, the highlight of the Blue Square Winter Carnival, returns at Lingfield Park tomorrow. It is a six furlong feature held every Saturday with a Grand Prix style points system rewarding runners, riders and trainers down to sixth place. The Series consists of seven rounds of six furlong sprints with the Grand Final, worth a huge £15,000, taking place on Saturday 25 February.
This week’s first qualifying leg was so popular that it has been split into two divisions and both races look competitive. The first division (1.45pm) features six course and distance winners and it is one of those, Peter Crate’s PICANSORT, who is the selection. The five-year-old encountered a nightmare passage over five furlongs at this track last month and compensation awaits from the ideal draw in stall one.
The obvious one in the second division (2.15pm) is Towy Boy, who is the only last-time-out winner in the field. However, he doesn’t win often and I’m going to stick with two each-way bets on CHJIMES and STRICTLY PINK. The former is now back below his last winning mark, while the latter represents the in-form Alan Bailey yard and is also well-handicapped.
Blue Square have signed up leading all-weather jockey Luke Morris and ATR all-weather specialist presenter Simon Mapletoft for exclusive blogs on the Blue Square Winter Carnival. Log-on to www.bluesq.com for their views on this weekend’s action.
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SKETCHY EVIDENCE 3.35 Lingfield (tomorrow)