The Betway Handicap (2.10) at Lingfield on Tuesday is competitive enough, numerically, but looks a decent opportunity for Middle Kingdom to open his account on Polytrack. John Gosden’s 3-year-old lost his unbeaten record in a 0-105 contest at Chelmsford 12 days ago, but only went down by a head and half a length on that occasion and drops back into 0-95 company here, off an identical handicap mark. Indeed, the War Front colt is entitled to improve for the Chelmsford run, his first since April, and remains unexposed after just three career starts. The form of his Newmarket win in April has been franked by the second, Euginio, and third, Bin Battuta, who are now officially rated 107 and 98, respectively, so it will be disappointing if he cannot resume winning ways in this lesser contest.
Selection: Lingfield 2.10 Middle Kingdom to win 11/4