3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Lord Riddiford 2.39 @ 5/1
El Hombre 3.09 @ 8/1
Selfish Brian 3.39 @ 4/1
Selected Wolver – all weather – tapeta
1.39 The looks very much a match between the hat-trick seeking Lady Percival, an impressive 3 from 4 at the track , and has won her last two over C&D , but is a stiff 5 pounds higher today, , which may just let Longsider call the shots . This 5yo has certainly had his problems, as he’s only had 6 races in 4 years , but does come here on the back of a big run at Chelmsford City with a close 2nd over a slightly longer mark , and is a winner on this surface . These two have similar racing styles, both like to race front rank and keep plugging on admirably . The tip may just have this at the ratings .
1/4pt win Longsider @ 3/1
2.09 Great State would do well doubling up on his recent win here carrying a penalty ,but an able 5 pound claimer takes the ride and the extra furlong looks to be in his favour . Sergeant Pep ran a strong race from the front over C&D on debut , but is short odds enough racing from a wide draw. Macho Mania has run to a similar level in both starts, finishing 2nd in both . Nicely drawn and proven at the trip and surface.
1/4pt win Macho Mania
2.39 A good quality Class 2 handicap sprint and plenty to consider . Tone The Barone won this cosily last year , but off a 6 pound lower mark , but did go on to win at Lingfield off a mark just 2 pounds lower than today . so not out of this and had a nice prep race for this recently . The useful prominent racing Bedford Flyer is 2 from 2 on tapeta and would do well to confirm recent Southwell form with Lord Riddiford at today’s weights , and this well drawn course specialist gets the nod as this useful grey is tactically versatile and Jason Hart knows him very well . Alligator Alley is finally getting it together since hold up tactics have been employed, but the 4 pound hit looks a bridge too far .
1/2pt win Lord Riddiford @ 5/1
3.09 Not a deep race and a good run can be expected from the well drawn , prominent racing triple C&D winner El Hombre , who’s in good form and looks the ew bet of the day .
1/2pt ew El Hombre @ 8/1
3.39 A tricky finale but enough to like about recent Southwell 2nd Selfish Brian , who stays on the same mark and the extra yardage is in his favour .
1/4pt win Selfish Brian @ 4/1
Selected Thurles – softish ground on this undulating track , stiff in places .
1.44 Filon D’Ourdiries followed up a good 2nd over C&D with an easy win , again over C&D , but the 7 pound hit and the softer ground both entitle runner-up in that race in Union Park , to be not far away and a nice ew play .
1/4pt ew Union Park @ 10/1
2.14 The Model Kingdom had Liberty Dance behind when 3rd in a Down Royal Grade 3 , but is 4 pound better off for around 5 lengths , so not out of this . I’m trying the lightly raced Belle The Lioness who landed a soft ground bumper at Cork in the Spring and did little wrong on hurdles debut , chasing home a hot pot when 2nd of 21 at Punchestown , and every chance this C&D and ground may well suit and could cause a surprise.
1/4pt win Belle The Lioness @ 13/2