Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's racing action.
There are some small fields in evidence at Ffos Las but the races are trappy nonetheless.
Just six are are set to go to post for the 1m4f handicap (6.30pm) and they are headed by the David Simcock-trained Nonias. Sky Bet’s 7/4 favourite has some decent maiden form to his name and is making his handicap debut off what looks a fair mark. However, he does have his stamina to prove for this trip and, being a son of Oasis Dream, his pedigree doesn’t provide much encouragement for that.
Besides, he has to 8lb to the improving three-year-old SWASHBUCKLE, who is a guaranteed stayer having broken his duck over course and distance just 11 days on similar ground. That wasn’t unexpected as he’d shown promise in maidens previously, finishing runner-up twice, and there was a lot to like about his attitude as he had to dig deep and battle to repel the second by half a length. Still lightly-raced after just four starts, he looks progressive enough to cope with a 5ib rise and go in again.
William Knight’s FIRE SHIP hasn’t won since his three-year-old days – a 25-race losing run – but he’s become dangerously weighted as a result and his time may have come in the 1m handicap (8.00pm). A Group 3 winner and rated as high as 107 in his prime, he’s running off just 83 this evening against inferior rivals and this is by far his easiest opportunity of the season so far. He’s probably not as good as he once was but, even so, this step down to class 4 company should see him go close and the forecast dig in the ground is perfect for him.
Roger Charlton’s recent Nottingham winner Kummiya looks a big danger off just a 6lb higher mark, though he had disappointed in a couple of turf handicaps previously and bookmakers are hardly giving him away at around 13/8.
A field of seven has been declared for the closing 7f handicap (8.30pm) and they are a poor bunch. Something’s got to win, though, and John Flint’s JUST ISLA looks to have as good a chance as any. The six-year-old had lost her way since winning at Kempton last September, but a change of scenery has clearly done her some good judging by her latest third at Bath when making her stable debut. A pair of re-fitted blinkers may have also helped her on that occasion and it’s to be hoped they work again here. But that looks a chance worth taking and especially as she will have the assistance of young rider Mitch Godwin, who is proving good value for his 7lb claim.