Wilfred Pickles can arrest a long losing streak by taking top spot in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap at Lingfield.
Jo Crowley’s eight-year-old has not found the target since March 2011, but there have been distinct signs of a revival this winter.
Most reassuring ahead of this one-mile encounter was his performance over course and distance on New Year’s Eve. Wilfred Pickles arguably travelled like the best horse in an 11-runner handicap, but his path was significantly impeded a furlong from home.
Once daylight appeared, the gelded son of Cadeaux Genereux zoomed home to finish third, beaten a length and three-quarters.
The runner-up Aqua Ardens has since run well, which is never a bad thing, while it is also fairly interesting that Adam Kirby has kept the faith.
Crowley will be happy that the handicapper has left the two-times Lingfield scorer alone off a mark of 70 - 10lb lower than when he last visited the winner’s enclosure.
La Napoule can spoil Frankie Dettori’s return to the saddle by winning the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes. The Italian jockey has three rides at the Surrey venue, where Gone With The Wind looks his most likely outlet of success.
But Jeremy Noseda’s inmate may have to play second fiddle to La Napoule, whose debut over a mile here a week and a half ago did not go unnoticed. Although the filly was well beaten by the more experienced Swivel, Richard Hannon’s three-year-old was over three lengths clear of the third home.
As a sister to La Cucaracha and Le Toreador, it hardly raises too many eyebrows to see La Napoule now chance her arm over a sprint trip, which could be the making of her.
Time Square might be a fair price in division two of the Kempton For Weddings Handicap at the Sunbury circuit. The seven-year-old has won three times at Kempton, and was hardly disgraced when finishing fifth over an inadequate trip at Wolverhampton last time out.