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Gate open to Lingfield success.

CHELWOOD GATE has to enter calculations for the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield tomorrow.

Trained in Hampshire by the capable Pat Chamings, the six-year-old has not won since last March, when he struck by half a length over course and distance.

He is, though, clearly coming to hand nicely in time for this assignment.

Chelwood Gate went to Kempton for his most recent outing on February 1, when he was sent off a 3-1 chance in a fair one-mile handicap.

He travelled really well for a long way, but it all went wrong inside the penultimate furlong as he was badly hampered at precisely the wrong moment.

Chamings' inmate was always chasing the game from then on, so to go down by just a length to Ziggys Star was no mean effort.

Chelwood Gate had previously finished in three previous runs at Ling-field, so he is clearly in good nick.

The gelded son of Aussie Rules is also not out of it from a handicapping perspective as he runs in Surrey off a 1lb lower mark than on which he was last successful.

Tabla deserves a bit of a look in the 32RedSport.com Fillies' Handicap.

Winner of a one-mile maiden at Lingfield in December, the Rail Link filly is quite unexposed compared to many of these and looks well worth a go back over a longer distance.

Tabla turned in an interesting performance when last sighted towards the end of January when she finished just a length behind Black Dave over a mile.

The four-year-old lacked the gears to get seriously competitive that day, so reverting to a mile and a quarter looks a good piece of business for a horse who might be a little better than a mark of 67 seems to suggest.

It could pay to side with Galuppi in the #10 Free At 32Red.com Amateur Riders' Handicap over just shy of two miles.

The five-year-old son of Galileo has no shortage of stamina, but was perhaps given a little too much to do at Lingfield earlier this month, when a fast-finishing second to Trending.

Galuppi has not yet won on the Flat, but this looks as good an opportunity as he has had in while to finally bring to a end that unwanted statistic.

Wolverhampton hardly quickens pulses, but there could be a little bit of sense in supporting Pinotage.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2016
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