Livescore Racing News: Doyle expects Lucky Max to enjoy Lingfield

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20/01/202207:00
Lingfield will be the venue for Friday’s Sovereign Handicap Hurdle
Lingfield will be the venue for Friday’s Sovereign Handicap Hurdle

Sean Doyle says in-form Lucky Max should be well suited to Lingfield when he goes for another victory in Friday's Sovereign Handicap Hurdle on the opening day of the inaugural Winter Million meeting.

The £100,000 Sovereign Handicap Hurdle is the feature race on the first day of the new three-day festival and it has attracted a strong field of 12.

Included among them is Doyle's charge, who has won all three races he's competed in this season in Ireland and has been bumped up in the weights to a mark of 136 as a result.

Lucky Max was victorious at Clonmel in October before two wins followed at Cork and now Doyle has his sights set on Lingfield, which he believes is an ideal venue for the six-year-old as he looks to maintain his impressive form.

Doyle said: "He's going to Lingfield on Friday, it's a great pot. He's improved loads from race to race, his hurdling has got sharper.

"Lingfield is very like Cork — it's a grand, level track and he's best on level tracks so we're very excited about going with him."

Last year's Tolworth Hurdle winner Metier is also set to line up for Harry Fry after his encouraging fourth in the Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot last month. 

Metier will head into Friday's race off the back of a strong showing at Ascot last month
Metier will head into Friday's race off the back of a strong showing at Ascot last month

Emmet Mullins has two contenders in the race with Carrarea, who will have leading Irish jockey Paul Townend on board, and Sevenna Star, while Nigel Twiston-Davies' Gowel Road and Gary Moore's Hudson De Grugy have also been declared.

Gowel Road won well at Cheltenham in November and Hudson De Grugy proved his credentials with a course and distance success last month.

Mack The Man, Chti Balko and Thibault are among the rest of the field for Friday's race, which is scheduled for 3.35pm.

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