THERE is no trainer operating more successfully on the Polytrack at the moment than David Evans, who is lying second in the all-weather table with 30 winners since mid-November.
He has trained more winners than the championship leader Marco Botti but the competition is decided on prize-money, and his rival holds a healthy advantage in that respect.
It’s quite staggering that Evans, who trains at Pandy in Wales, has sent out 18 winners since the turn of the year and there doesn’t appear to be any let up in the supply with seven successes coming his way in the past fortnight.
Evans is well represented at today’s two fixtures and all his runners are naturally worth a second look, given the form of the stable, and he has a strong hand at Lingfield.
The one that interests me is Haadeeth in the Blue Square Bet Sprint Series Round 4 Handicap. Although he hasn’t won for a long time, he has proved himself around here and has only to come back to something like his old form to take advantage of a very attractive mark.
Haadeeth hasn’t won since scoring on the turf at Folkestone last April off a mark of 77 and his previous success came at Lingfield in February when rated 73 on his first run for the yard, having been claimed from Richard Fahey for £6,000 after finishing fourth at Wolverhampton nine days earlier.
He is now running off 60 and hinted he may be on his way back when unlucky in running behind Polar Venture over the course and distance a fortnight ago.
Beaten about two lengths in fifth, he would have been closer but for finding himself short of room on the inside just over a furlong out.
Ryan Moore is an eye-catching booking and worth a wager despite his long losing run, in the belief Evans can eke out a bit more improvement from the six-year-old.
James Bethell sends Rich Again down from Middleham. He won here on his last start in December, is only 3lb higher, and is lightly raced and open to improvement. He could be the one to trouble Haadeeth.
Al’s Memory has already chalked up a Lingfield hat-trick for Evans this month and accounted for the veteran Docofthebay three days ago. This track suits his style of running and a 6lb penalty may not be such a stumbling block to further progress than the step up to a mile.
Profile Star has been declared for the Free Bet Bonanza Now At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Wolverhampton after cruelly being denied when carrying the nap at Kempton on Thursday night.
If David Barron allows him to take his chance, the four-year-old can gain quick compensation his neck reverse to the gambled-on Burnhope.
It was a game effort from this front-runner considering his wide draw and he kept finding for pressure. He is in great heart.