Southwell Placepot: Tuesday February 18

Racing comes from Southwell today
Racing comes from Southwell today

We take in Tuesday's fibresand action in search of a Placepot win at Southwell...

"Samoset got his career firmly back on track last time, and is capable of running well off a 6 lb higher mark for in-form handler Alan Swinbank..."

13:55 - The first leg of today's perm is a handicap over a mile and given how much Queen of Skies has improved since dropping back in trip and switching to this surface, she gets the first vote. Her three starts here this year have yielded a C&D win sandwiched between two creditable seconds, and that level of consistency cannot be ignored. The other who seems likely to run well is Emperatriz, who held his form well last year and forged clear over C&D in December. His efforts so far this year have been respectable and he ought to give another good account. 

14:25 - It's an 12-furlong contest up next and given the market support behind the returning Travel, it is probably prudent to keep Mark Johnston's filly on side. Although she's only shown modest form to date, its still very early days and plenty from the maestro of Middleham's operation go well on this surface, and significant improvement would be no surprise. Another who holds strong claims is Samoset, who got his career firmly back on track here last time, and is capable of running well off a 6 lb higher mark with handler Alan Swinbank amongst the winners of late. 

15:00 - There are a number who appeal on paper in the 11-furlong maiden which follows and it's best to start with another horse in those familiar red and dark green silks in the shape of Turnbuckle. He's out of Teofilo and closely related to the very smart Australian performer Miss Finland (Group 1 winner over a mile and further) and holds obvious claims. Yeah Baby appeals most of those with experience and was a close third over ten furlongs in a Lingfield maiden last time. A chance is taken that he will cope with the step up in trip and if that is the case he may surprise a few. 

15:35 - It's the sprinters under consideration next and with Wiki Tiki a non-runner, Argent Touch will suffice as the sole selection in this five-furlong handicap. He got off the mark over C&D in January and has been just as impressive when runner-up on both starts since; he is 3 lb out of the handicap but is entitled to go well again, with Expect sure to be involved in the finish as well. 

16:05 - The record of Elusive Hawk is just too good to ignore in the six-furlong seller, having won five times over C&D in his career thus far. He looks well treated on today's terms and should be better for a pipe opener at Wolverhampton recently. The other to make the shortlist is Take The Lead, who matched the pick of her best form when scoring over C&D on her second start for new handler David Nicholls last time. It's best to ignore her run at Wolverhampton last time and she should bounce back now returned to Southwell. 

16:40 - It's a two-mile contest to end today's perm and although Gogeo is clearly in good form racking up a quick course double, it may be better to side with Noguchi who won a pair of all-weather claimers last spring and may be better than he showed last month now dropping back into claiming company. 

Selections:

13:55- 1,7
14:25 - 7,8
15:00 - 2,9
15:35 - 7
16:05 - 5,8
16:40 - 4

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