Selected Southwell – probably good ground on this flat and sharp track – speed track.
12.30 The bookies are making this a match between the luckless Faustinovick , a good 2nd over C&D last time and Ecossais , who is 2 from 2 over C&D and has his form very well off around this mark since , but you really couldn’t rule any of the other five out . The longshot is the ex Irish Darius Des Bois who ran well for a long way over hurdles on his comeback spin and off a fair mark , happy to have a dabble .
¼ pt ew Darius Des Bois @ 33/1
1.00The fav is Danse Idol who on paper seemed to do well on her first start for Dan skelton when 2nd but this was a very uncompetitive heat and her jumping was poor and needed chunks of encouragement from the saddle and could get lost on quicker ground around this speed track . Both Northern Beau and Black Tulip are in good form and both like to dominate but at the weights and at this track, the former gets the nod .
¼ pt win Northern Beau @ 5/2
2.35 An interesting novice hurdle with plenty of lightly raced types from good stables who have already showed a bit of form and I prefer the chance of Docpickedme who did well at Aintree when 2nd behind a good one and the placed horses have done quite a lot for the form . The stable does very well here and C&d and ground should suit .
½ pt win Docpickedme @ 5/2
Selected Wetherby- good to soft on this flat and galloping track
2.10 Barrichello is making a right meal of shedding his maiden tag with 3 successive seconds and unlikely that the drop in trip on quicker ground will help . up For parol ran well for a ,long way at Donny in the mud but that was also over a longer trip . Plenty of lightly raced types in this who have showed a bit of promise , one of those is Geonice, an Ok 4th in a good ground bumper and then struggled on The deep Ayr ground , but is with a good stable so worth a dabble at long odds.
¼ pt ew Geonice @ 16/1
2.45 None of these have rung the Victory Bell for some time , if at all ! and the fav is the form horse Dexcite, two good recent runs in the Catterick mud , but his last win was almost 5 years ago and this is a very different track . Shady Oaks has run some good races at Southwell of late , usually from the front . He’s on a decent mark and despite returning from a break and having a patchy profile racing fresh , still appeals .
¼ pt ew Shady Oaks @ 9/1
3.15 Should really be Hunny Moon’s day at last but placed efforts racking up and drying ground could be an issue but opposition not strong .
3.50 Tricky picking between Zalvados , Oscar Robertson , who may find the trip too short and the well handicapped Hes No trouble, who hasn’t been inspirational of late but the good Southern stable does well here and first time cheekpieces a positive for the stable .
¼ pt win Hes No Trouble @ 3/1
4.20 A wide open good quality Class 3 handicap and the in form and reliable Haafapiece was an unlucky faller last time at Cheltenham and previously was a good 2nd over C&D on soft ground off a slightly lower mark , so well respected . The novice Pay The Piper is on a good mark but drying ground could be an issue while Shantou Express looks on a tough enough mark for what he’s achieved . Chti Balko is a useful handicapper who sluiced in by 25 lengths in the Haydock mud but has disappointed the last twice when in fairness he had very stiff tasks. He’s only two pounds higher today and despite drying ground not being ideal , should give us a good run for our money at long odds .
¼ pt ew Chti Balko @ 14/1
4.50 The front running Eaton Miller comes here on a hat-trick but is up in the weights and grade and drying ground an issue . Nortonthorpe Legend takes a welcome drop in grade and is now on a decent mark . He’s fit from a recent jumper bumper run and in a race where not many make appeal , looks a nice ew play .
¼ pt ew Nortonthorpelegend @ 6/1
Selected wolver – all weather – tapeta
4.40 PREMIUM RACE
5.40 Power Over Me’s winning spree came to an abrupt end last time and off an even higher mark, unproven on the surface and racing from the worst of the draw, hard to fancy. The form horse is 5 times C&d winner Turanga Leela , who’s very well drawn for a front runner , but there are others in the field who like to get busy early , and she is now on a tough mark , but this looks winnable and gets the vote . Final Frontier has been going well over C&D of late off around this mark and nicely drawn for a late player who will welcome the likely strong pace and worth a saver .
¼ pt ew Turanga Leela @ 6/1 ¼ pt win Final frontier @ 15/2 . Small rev fc ??
6.10 A Right conundrum
6.40 The odds on fav is the in form mare Jeans Maite who sluiced in last time at Southwell making all and is well drawn to attack immediately over a C&d she is proven . on official ratings she has a bit to do with a few of these, but significantly the fav is the only one with recent winning form . Veteran Dynamo Walt has deteriorated markedly of late and only two years ago was winning over C&D off the lofty mark of 85 He is now rated only 50 but has been competitive off that mark over C&D in handicaps . Not well drawn but worth a dabble .
¼ pt ew Dynamo Walt @ 12/1
7.10 The prolific Unforgiving Minute won this last year and looks very good for the double .
½ pt win Unforgiving Minute @ 11/8
7.40 A very tricky finale but the handicapper has given C&D regular international Law and on the pick of his form , entitled to go close .
¼ pt ew international Law @ 12/1