We have 6 runners at Southwell today and without wanting to jinx our chances today we have some quite impressive stats at Southwell…. apparently we are 11 wins from 28 runners this season which is a 39% strike rate and +£5.73 to a £1 stake. Over the last 3 seasons our chasers have won 10 out of 21 races – 47% strike rate and +£66.67! We hope to keep up our strike rate and would have to be disappointed to return without a winner tomorrow.
Ben Buie kicks things off in the first over fences with Sean Bowen after a trip to Leicester last week without running as it was abandoned. He has won his last two races since the fitting of visors for his new ownership and they’ll go crazy if he wins again tomorrow. We don’t want any more rain ideally. That’s the same for Cut & Run in the same race under Ben Godfrey for our Racing Club – switching her to fences hoping to eek out a bit of improvement.
Ollie Ryan’s Found On makes her chasing debut in the next race and is a mare I’ve always loved. I think she’ll run a lot better than her price suggests. Sean Bowen rides and he won on her at Warwick over hurdles in September.
Brorson is our 4th runner for David Maughan in the Handicap Hurdle where the Henderson & Skelton runners look decent enough and it’s a competitive race. He impressed me last time at Catterick and is a horse that I think has a bright future so it will be interesting to see how he copes tomorrow over 3 miles.
Debden Bank won 3 in a row for his enthusiastic owners but was disappointing last time and needs to bounce back from that. He reverts to hurdles as we try and find better ground for him and he’s also 5lbs better off over hurdles and we hope he’ll gain some confidence. The hurdles at Southwell should suit as they are like baby fences.
Kazontherazz was tough winning at Uttoxeter before Christmas and isn’t overly big so I spoke to regular pilot James Best this morning and we agreed we needed to claim off her so Finn Lambert takes a vital 7lbs off. She seems to have come out of her win raging and Vicki who rides her every day is really happy with her. We’d be thrilled if she could follow up today.
Good luck team – a busy day!