In the Heart FM Handicap (5.10) at Lingfield on Tuesday, Coup De Grace won over course and distance in February and, having run respectably in defeat on both starts over hurdles since, can follow up off a 4lb higher mark. Pat Phelan’s 6-year-old has recorded all three career wins at, or around, 2 miles on synthetic surfaces, but has officially improved 14lb over hurdles since November, so may be capable of translating that improvement back to the Flat.
The Elusive City gelding has yet to record back-to-back victories under either code, but remains relatively lightly raced on the Flat and may be open to a little improvement on that score, too. He’s 7lb worse off for the 5 lengths he beat Invertissement on his last visit here, but he’s arguably more progressive than Paddy Butler’s 9-year-old, who’s also yet to win beyond 1 mile 6 furlongs.
The presence of Angus Glens, Opera Buff and Markhami should ensure that there’s competition for the lead and the faster the pace the better as far as Coup De Grace is concerned. The standout 9/2 with Betfair Sportsbook seems particularly good value.
Selection: Lingfield 5.10 Coup De Grace to win