A relatively low-key day of racing means Alan Thompson has two selections from the all weather meeting at Southwell this afternoon...
"The seven-year-old has won twice and only went down by less than a length here on his latest outing."
Young Tiger can get the better of the odds-on shot in the first
The opening race of the day sees Tom Tate's Young Tiger run and he often enjoys himself around here. He has run at Southwell five times since the end of October and the seven-year-old has won twice and only went down by less than a length here on his latest outing. He got a 2lb hike in the weights for that narrow defeat and is now on a career high 69 but he has been running so well of late and apart from the favourite this doesn't look to be the most difficult of line-ups, he looks sure to be involved in the finish again.
The big danger and one he will have to get in front of today is Mulzim, the Exceed and Excel six-year-old has been running well since returning this year after a 251 day break. He has run three times over today's course and distance in January and hasn't been out of the places. He bolted up last time out winning by over three lengths but he has a 5lb penalty today which pushes him up to a mark of 73. I have the race between the two of them but at the prices I much prefer Young Tiger and Andrew Mullen to get the better of the odds-on favourite.
Its time for Six Til Twelve to strike
Robyn Brisland's charge Six Til Twelve was placed over course and distance in his first two handicaps and goes again off the same mark today. The lightly raced four-year-old may still be yet to lose his maiden tag after six starts but has been steadily progressing and posted a career best effort last time out to finish just a head away in third over today's trip and course. If he can continue his upward curve he should be breaking his maiden tag today under his regular partner Kieran O'Neill.
Jan Van Hoof is rightly favourite for the contest as he got back to winning ways at Newcastle last time out, but that was his first win for almost a year. I think the exposed nine-year-old will have to be at his best to keep ahead of Six Til Twelve today and it is also his first run on the Southwell fibresand and there is no guarantee he will take to the surface. He is a quality performer on his day and has won off marks in the high 70's in the past but those runs were over five years ago, I'm happy to take him on with the lightly raced Six Til Twelve.
2020 (prior to this week) : -4pts
This week so far...
Staked: 10 pts
Returned: 11.00 pts
2020 P&L -3.00pts
2019 P&L +0.31pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts