UK racing makes a welcome return today and so does Alan Thompson with two selections from Southwell and Plumpton...
"drops back to seven furlongs today, which I see as a positive after finishing a close up third over a mile on his latest two outings"
Screaming Gemini can break that long maiden run
This looks like a good opportunity for Screaming Gemini to finally get his head in front, the 14-raced maiden makes his debut on the fibresand today but the five-year-old has improved in his last three starts after moving from the David Brown yard to Tony Carroll. He drops back to seven furlongs today, which I see as a positive after finishing a close up third over a mile on his latest two outings. He runs off the same mark as those last two starts and has Poppy Bridgwater taking a useful 5lb off his back. The Carroll team don't often leave Southewll empty handed and this looks a good chance to bag another winner at the course.
Grey Destiny looks the one he will have to beat, this lovable nine-year-old grey won here over course and distance at 17.016/1 last month. But, he then followed that by finishing last of the six runners in a handicap at Newcastle last time out and from his 77 career starts he has never won off a rating of 65, his highest winning rating is 4lb below today's mark.
Hopes Wishes looks to be off a winnable mark today
It may well have been a long time since Barry Brennan's mare Hope's Wishes got her head in front but that last win did come over today's course and distance and was off a rating 16lbs higher than she runs today, in addition to that Jordan Nailor is taking another 3lbs off her back putting her off what looks a very attractive mark. She has form on the going and if she can repeat the run she put in last time when finishing second in a Listed race at Leicester she will have way too much for these. The return to hurdles is also another positive after her last three starts have been over fences, all four of her wins to date have come over the smaller obstacles and she looks much more comfortable over them.
Riviere Argentee recently moved from Robin Dicken's yard to Milton Harris and on her first start for the new yard she ran a very credible second at Kempton over two miles. The five-year-old grey is a five time winner on the flat but is still yet to get her head in front over the jumps and I think she might have to wait a little longer to achieve that goal.
2019 Overall: +10.00pts
This week so far...
Staked: 6 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts