Starting to feel the festival buzz with fields taking shape for Champion Hurdle day. In the meantime, it’s back to those Southwell sands…
The Daily Yankee:
Jack The Truth, (1535 Southwell), 5/2: Seems to be progressing fast, and has every right to be after just 6 lifetime runs. His win at Chelmsford was his best form yet, and he reverts here to the Fibresand on which he recorded his first two wins. A 4lb rise for that last win is very reasonable, and he can benefit from the short 5 week break after a busy January.
Da Capo Candy (1605 Southwell), 6/1: Barely beat a horse in a 7 race Irish career and enjoys the ridiculous handicap rating of 35 (although no horse is allowed to run below 45). But showed an instant uplift for the move to James Ewart when running 2nd over a mile on the weekend. Drops back to 6f here and jockey Liam Keniry will have learned much from that run, The market leaders find it hard to win and can be taken on.
Luv U Whatever (1710 Southwell), 4/1: Favourites Compatriot (up 8lbs and new to surface) and Star Ascending (up 9lbs) have their work cut out, Luv U Whatever is a veteran whose course form is 112116221113312223. He was winning here off a 10lb higher mark 12 months ago, and has the combo of course specialism and benign handicapping to upset the favourites.
Gorse (1845 Newcastle), 7/2: Looked ready to improve when running a lifetime best here last time off 61. Just a pound higher here. Looked the winner for a long time, but was blind sided by a fast finisher who could be pretty useful. Joe Fanning takes the ride and he makes few mistakes when on one with a chance.
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