Keep it simple with Elegance

Ashley Iveson has a tip for every race on Monday and he makes Simple Elegance his nap selection at Lingfield.

Charlie Appleby has begun 2015 in rip-roaring form and looks to have found Simple Elegance a gilt-edged opportunity to get off the mark at Wolverhampton.

The Godolphin trainer has been hitting the back of the net with regularity in recent weeks, both on the British all-weather and in Dubai, and Simple Elegance has certainly shown enough to suggest she can claim a minor prize like the 32Red Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The daughter of Street Cry looked one for the notebook when making late gains to finish fifth on her Doncaster debut and a couple of subsequent placed efforts at Kempton suggested she was a winner waiting to happen.

Her final appearance of last year at this track was disappointing, but she appeared to have benefited from the break when runner-up for the second time at Chelmsford City at the start of this month and a return to seven furlongs will be in her favour.

Simple Elegance is clearly not one of the Dubai-based operation’s brighter lights, but even a small improvement on previous efforts will make her hard to beat in this company.

Gios Last is an intriguing contender for the first division of the Bet In Play At Coral Amateur Riders’ Handicap.

The five-year-old has done most of his racing in Germany and as a result much of his form is difficult to quantify.

He looked decidedly ordinary on his first couple of starts on these shores for the Dalgleish yard, but was well backed on his return from a break at Kempton in early December and got the job done with relative ease.

A 6lb hike makes life tougher, but the booking of top amateur Harry Bannister suggests new trainer James Eustace means business.

Sewn Up has been in tremendous form of late for Keith Dalgleish and has obvious claims in the concluding Ladbrokes Handicap.

The five-year-old is a regular visitor to Dunstall Park and it is little surprise he keeps on coming back given he has finished in the first three 20 times from 36 starts.

He has fared particularly well since the installation of the Tapeta surface last summer, winning back-to-back races in the autumn before filling the runner-up spot on three consecutive occasions.

Sewn Up appears to have taken his game to another level since joining Dalgleish last year and he would not be winning out of turn if he can come home in front once more.

Donald McCain rarely leaves Carlisle without a winner and with the yard back in form, Sir Mangan must be followed in the Annual Membership Still Available Handicap Chase.

The master of Cholmondeley endured a largely disappointing first half to the campaign, but things have picked up well in the last couple of weeks and the team look to be coming to hand at just the right time with the spring Festivals looming large.

Sir Mangan was a fair sort over hurdles, with a solitary bloodless victory at Sedgefield backed up by a string of placed efforts.

His chasing career did not get off to the best of starts as he unseated his rider in a warm heat at Aintree, but he has gradually improved through the season and came good in some style at Sedgefield last month.

He ran well at Carlisle over the smaller obstacles and with the testing conditions unlikely to trouble him, McCain’s charge has excellent claims off a nice racing weight.

Perhaps the most interesting event at Lingfield is the Hunters’ Chase, in which Aiteen Thirtythree makes most appeal.

The 11-year-old was a seriously smart novice chaser for champion trainer Paul Nicholls in his pomp, winning a Grade Two prize at Newbury’s Hennessy meeting in 2010 before bombing out at Cheltenham later that season.

A decent effort behind Somersby aside, Aiteen Thirtythree rather lost his way subsequently and has not been seen in action under Rules for well over a year.

However, he won four point-to-points on the spin last year for Kevin Parker and with his confidence on a high, it would be no surprise to see him land this event en-route to a tilt at the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham next month.