This is a two miles handicap chase for those rated from 0-130, on soft going at Lingfield.
Get Rhythm, trained by Tom George, is chasing a hat-trick here after wins at Bangor and Ffos Las over this distance or a furlong further. The latter was a chase and he jumped the fences is really good style. He has to contend with softer underfoot conditions here today and an extra five pounds due to that win at Ffos Las, but he looks to have plenty of scope over the larger obstacles and is in great form at the moment. He has run on soft going previously and didn't seem to be inconvenienced by it, therefore, I am expecting a big run from him in this one.
The champion jockey Richard Johnson rides Allee Bleue for Philip Hobbs, and Alle Bleue has come down the handicap enough recently to suggest that he is now on quite a handy mark. He won at Leicester at the start of the year from just a pound lower than today's mark, and he won that day as easily as he liked. That was over an extra half a mile than we have here today, but as long as he doesn't get outpaced he has enough in his favour to be a contender in this, as long as his jumping is fluent.
De Faoithesdream has been running consistently without being able to get his head in front. These have been in better races than today and he is now a full 18 pounds lower than at the beginning of the year. The drop down in class will surely see him at least be competitive, and his experience over fences could prove crucial when the pace really picks up inside the final mile.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Crievehill hasn't won since taking a handicap hurdle over course and distance in January. He ran well enough for a long way on his chase debut last time out at Carlisle, and that looked a stronger race than today's. He has been lowered three pounds since that race which improves his chances, and it will be interesting to see how he performs this time around.
Get Rhythm - 3 points @ 10/3.