Athwaab handicapped to strike

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Athwaab has slipped back down to her last winning mark and makes plenty of appeal at 14/1 in 3.50 at Lingfield.

The mare won twice last year when trained by Noel Quinlan, and showed signs that she was coming back to form with an eye-catching run at Kempton last time out.

Noel Chance’s charge  pulled very hard at the rear of the field that day before making headway on the inside two from home and being unable to find any extra in the final furlong as those exertions took their toll.

That contest was over 6f and there is little doubt in my mind that the five-year-old is at her Best over today’s minimum trip.

It’s also interesting that virtually all her best/winning performances have come when she has made all or been up with the pace – tactics which haven’t been applied in her last few starts.

However she now has the perfect draw in stall 2 from which to attack if connections decide to revert to them, and it would be no surprise if they now that the handicapper has relented.

She is now back down to a mark of 60, the same as when she made all at Brighton under today’s rider Charles Bishop to win unchallenged by just under three lengths from Imaginary Diva at Brighton last May, and has won in the past off marks as high as 74.

That gives her every chance from a handicapping perspective, and I think she is capable of a huge run if allowed to force the pace.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Athwaab (14/1 bet365 – BOG, Sky Bet)

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