Southwell stage a cracking sprint handicap on Tuesday, and Alan Dudman has identified Mick Appleby's Poyle Vinnie as the horse to look out for in the feature...
"More importantly though, this dash should suit, as Distant Past, Lady Nayef and Razin' Hell all like to bomb forward."
Back Poyle Vinnie @ 7.06/1 in the 15:10 Southwell
13:40 Southwell - Balding can strike with the hooded Georgio
Andrew Balding's Georgio ran in a couple of decent contests as a juvenile, and he steps up in trip for just his second run in a handicap today.
This 3yo was last seen running in a strong Glorious Goodwood nursery, and like so many at that venue, met a spot of bother in running. He ran there from a mark of 67, so the assessor has taken a massive swipe at him to lower him 5lb, and for that reason he is very interesting.
I liked his effort in a Leicester maiden at a big price last term, he travelled well for a long way behind a useful horse by the name of Rebel De Lope. The fourth of that contest is now rated 95 - and Georgio showed a bit of pace that day.
The fact he has some early speed is a good thing at Southwell, as I like horses to hold an early position. He wears a hood for the first time and takes a step up by a furlong. From a low mark for his track debut, I give him a chance to build on a bit of ability from last year.
15:10 Southwell - Fast and furious should play to Vinnie's strengths
Plenty of speed up front is the order of the day for this decent sprint handicap - and the make-up of the contest could well suit Mick Appleby's Poyle Vinnie.
I give him a chance from a decent mark of 97 - which is lower than his peak rating of 105, so he is certainly well treated.
More importantly though, this dash should suit, as Distant Past, Lady Nayef and Razin' Hell all like to bomb forward. The first-named was electric when he pinged the lids on his most recent run, but Poyle Vinnie has a lot of natural speed to lie up with the pace.
In fact, the selection has raced over Newcastle's rather stiff 6f on his last two runs and travelled like a horse capable of winning from his mark - but he just didn't see out the extra yardage in the north east. I would throw in a cheap lay as a bit of insurance purely on his smooth travelling style.
Back down in trip today at a track and surface he likes, he can build on his record of two victories from ten all-weather starts.
Tuesday's Recommended Bets
Back Georgio 1pt @ 5.509/2 in the 13:40 at Southwell
Back Poyle Vinnie 1pt @ 7.06/1 in the 15:10 Southwell