Southwell Placepot: Thursday October 24

Jumps action comes from Southwell today

Timeform give you their perm recommendation for Thursday's jumps card at Southwell...

"A former point winner, Nick’s Power has shown promise in his two starts over fences thus far and has been given a chance by the handicapper".

13:30 - The opening novices' handicap chase over an extended three miles has a number of interesting contenders. Not least Forgotten Symphony, who runs for the first time for Brian Ellison on the back of a lengthy break  and is a three-time winning pointer; however for placepot terms it is best to side with the consistent Tough Talkin Man, who chased home an unexposed type at Worcester last time when well clear of the rest. 

14:00 - It's another staying handicap next, this time for older horses, and Cara Court is the first pick on the back of a creditable second over a completely inadequate trip at Sedgefield last time. This test of stamina will be much more to his liking, and if returning to the form of earlier this year, when he was a three-time winner, he should be in the mix. The other who gets the nod at a bigger price is Douglas, with the first-time visor expected to bring about a significant improvement.

14:30 - Only a sole selection in this small-field handicap chase over the minimum trip, but that's all we require anyway as Nicks Power won't get a better chance than this to score in handicap company. A former point winner, he has shown promise in his two starts over fences thus far and has been given a chance by the handicapper. This looks a particularly weak contest and he should get off the mark.

15:05 - It's over the smaller obstacles next with a two mile novices' contest, and Deep Trouble has looked a horse of some ability in his career so far. Having shown some useful form in two Irish bumpers he's made steady progress over hurdles, winning easily last time when fitted with a hood. This looks tougher under a penalty, but he should continue to give good account. The second selection is Tom George's Parsnip Pete; he won two handicap chases last autumn, and is in with a chance if he can translate some of that form to this contest. 

15:35 - The first selection in this handicap hurdle is Hollow Penny, who won on hurdles debut with ease at Bangor last year and a jumpers' bumper in January; he was last seen finishing third at Taunton in April, but both of his victories came when fresh and he should be extremely competitive off his current mark. The other to get the nod is the hat-trick seeking Piper Hill who won here over three miles last month. He's 6 lb higher for that victory but should go well again today despite the drop back in trip. 

16:05 - Moon Trip has smart flat form, as do most who represent these connections, and should be given one more chance in the handicap hurdle, for which he is in first-time cheekpieces today. If he can convert his form from the other code into today's contest he will have an excellent chance to get off the mark in handicap company. The last pick is Palus San Marco, another with form on the flat, who has run well when fresh on previous occasions and will cope well with the softening conditions. 

Selections:
13:30 - 7
14:00 - 2,3
14:30 - 1
15:05 - 1,6
15:35 - 3,4
16:05 - 1,3
=16 Lines

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