Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
There were inspections planned at both of today’s jumps meeting at the time of writing, so it’s the all-weather fare at Southwell that provides today’s picks.
It’s a pretty uninspiring card if I’m being honest and bets should be kept to a minimum, but FOOLAAD must take all the beating in the feature 5f sprint handicap despite carrying top weight. The Roy Bowring-trained seven-year-old has been thriving this winter following a long summer break and is chasing a hat-trick over this course and distance. His latest success came in a competitive class 2 14 days ago, despite losing a shoe during the race, and a subsequent 3lb rise seems very fair. He just gets into this race off his current mark (91) and I fancy he can give weight and a beating to his eight rivals with Robert Winston doing the pushing.
Memories Galore, who is his closest rival according to the betting, is respected albeit his latest win came at Newcastle and afterwards his trainer said he was best suited by that track. Of the rest, Bogart is well handicapped on his best but his losing run goes back four years and he’s making his Fibtesand debut.
JACK BLANE has gained both his wins at Wolverhampton but he’s run well on Fibresand the last twice, including when only finding Essential too goo over 7f here seven days ago, and that is the standout piece of form on offer in the 6f handicap. Keith Dalgleish’s charge seems just as effective at this shorter trip and it was the widest draw of all that contributed to his defeat over track and trip two starts back, when finishing well into third. He has gate seven (of nine) to contend with this time and he’ll need to break well under Phillip Makin to get a good pitch and avoid the worse of the kickback, but he has less on his plate here and can get his head back in front.
Of his rivals, Coiste Bodhar does have a course and distance win to his name, but that was a long time ago and he’s been well below form on his three most recent starts. Gettin’ Lucky is a 15-race maiden but he wasn’t beaten far in a Newcastle handicap last time and is effective on Fibtesand, so he may be the one to give the selection most to do.
A £10 double on today’s sections at current bet365 odds (11/4 & 15/8) pays £107.81.
All odds were correct at time of posting.