The Shipping Forecast – Saratoga – 8/3/2022

Saratoga

Race 1

Lydford

5-year-old gelding; Fastnet Rock – Miss Brown To You (Fasliyev)

Leslie Young – Tom Garner

Previously trained by George Boughey. A winner of four of his fifteen starts, Lydford comes here on his third trainer in as many starts, having moved from Dan Skelton to Boughey prior to his most recent start on the flat, a pretty solid midfield effort at Royal Ascot in a handicap over an extreme distance. He had previously looked promising over hurdles for Skelton, winning two of his first three starts over obstacles, but was disappointing on the last two. He is rated 120 over hurdles by Timeform, a rating that compares favourably with Theocrat (111) and Burn The Evidence (116), but leaves him with something to find with Howyabud (126p). He should handle conditions here, but a watching brief is advised.

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