Brigliadoro will look to make full use of his featherweight in an attempt to capture the seven-furlong feature contest at Lingfield tomorrow.
The four-year-old, winner of a Class Four handicap at Kempton on his most recent outing, will aim to give Newmarket handler Charlie McBride a pre-weekend boost by landing the Class Two Ladbrokes Handicap at the Surrey track.
Set to carry eight stone two pounds, the son Excellent Art can expect to have a further three pounds removed from his back, thanks to the three pounds his jockey Danny Brock is able to claim.
“Brigliadoro has been in fantastic form at home and has been training really well,” said McBride. “Danny (Brock) has ridden him the last couple of times, while the form from his last race has worked out well with the horse he beat History Book winning at the weekend. We are going for the prize so we are expecting a big run.”
Although anticipating a bold show, the Exeter Road handler has warned the track at Lingfield may not play to the strengths of the two-time race winner.
“The only negative is that it is at Lingfield and not at Kempton,” said McBride. “It is a bit sharp around there and he is a big horse so he might get a little unbalanced.”
As regards to where the ceiling stops for Brigliadoro, McBride feels that it will be around the level he will perform at tomorrow.
“He is probably reaching the top end of his ability but he might improve a little bit more,” said McBride. “I don’t think he will quite be Listed class, but he will be a nice handicapper to have in the yard.”
Prior to Brigliadoro attempting to win the £28,012 first pot on offer at Lingfield, McBride will saddle up two runners under the floodlights at Chelmsford City tonight.
Virtual Reality will look to go two places better than when finishing third at Wolverhampton on his debut last month in the opening Class Five mile maiden, while Choice of Destiny will bid to take advantage of a sliding mark in the Class Six mile handicap later on the card.
“Virtual Reality run well on his debut and because of his last run looks to have a favourite’s chance,” said McBride. “Choice of Destiny has been a bit disappointing as we thought that she would be better than what she has been.
“Now she has dropped to a favourable mark hopefully she will run a good race.
“This will be her last run before she is off to the sales and with a bit of luck hopefully she can make it a winning one.”