Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
It’s all about Southwell for today’s selections with the weather claiming the jumps cards, and the following two horses should go well in what are strong handicaps for the grade.
For the first time since 2014 the track is staging a race over 2m2f and with £9,600 in the prize pot they have been rewarded with a decent turnout of 12. They are headed by top weight Caged Lightning, who is a dual scorer here and will appreciate this stamina test having appeared to find Lingfield’s 2m too sharp last time. He’s entitled to go well with a decent 5lb claimer easing his burden, but I’m drawn to one further down the handicap, the Philip Kirby-trained ROCK OF LEON.
I’m taking a risk with the seven-year-old has he not raced on the Flat for 1052 days and this is his first look at Fibresand. However, he’s fit from hurdling and is coming off an encouraging effort in that sphere, a clear second in a Sedgefield seller over 2m4f. That’s still modest form, admittedly, but if he can translate it to this discipline he is potentially on a good mark of 52 given that he’s rated 109 over hurdles. He also benefits from the 7lb claim of Jason Watson, who can boast a 23% (7-30) strike rate since the turn of the year and is riding close to his minimum here. All of which makes the selection worth a small each-way interest at a double-digit price.
The 7f handicap has drawn another maximum field of 12 and that bookmakers are going 4/1 the field tells you it’s competitive, but none appeal more than the front-running ANGEL PARENAS. He has won on his last two starts, both here over 6f, and his most success can be marked up as he didn’t have an easy time of it on the lead, with his closest pursuers coming from well off the pace. That he wasn’t stopping at the finish – earned the form comment ‘kept on strongly’ – suggests he might be just as effective over this extra furlong and he still looks well treated despite a further 4lb rise. With his regular apprentice rider Russell Harris on board and claiming a handy 7lb off his back, he’s going to take some catching. Mister Music heads the list of dangers.
All odds were correct at time of posting.