After the feast, the famine. Sensational Grade 1 action at Leopardstown this weekend, and now its the equine beans on toast at Southwell, Wolves and Newcastle.
Napping a horse today is a little like picking my favourite English rugby player…a process of negative elimination with a far from pleasing outcome. That said, there may just be a sneaky one at Southwell.
The 2m4f handicap hurdle (1605) has a pretty dodgy look. Favourite D’Arcy’s Sound was terrible just a few weeks ago, whilst the Twiston-Davies handicap newcomer Supkalanistic has so far shown little aptitude for this test.
With doubts (jockey and form) for Lex Talionis and (form) for Champagne George, this could be a good opportunity for Reckless Behavior.
Trainer Caroline Bailey and jockey Sean Bowen scuppered our nap last week by dropping Malapie from 3m to 2m4f in the soft ground, and could pull off the same trick here with Reckless Behavior. This horse was in pretty good form at this distance before a non-staying 3m run last time.
The big question is the more than 3 month break since that last run. By Gold Well, he may have been avoiding the worst of the Winter ground. Southwell can be testing under-hoof, but at least it has dried to soft, and the course is sharp enough to suit.
In a field of disappointing sorts, this is the one runner with compelling distance form, and should be favourite in our book.
Recommendation: Reckless Behavior, (1605 Southwell) 1pt win, 4/1 generally available
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