There's racing on the all-weather at Southwell and that is where we head for Tuesday's attempt at the Placepot...
13:35- Mick Appleby is often the man to turn to when it comes to Southwell, and he saddles two interesting runners in the opener. Adili has a tendency to race lazily, and his temperament is under suspicion following a couple of indolent efforts, however he is proven over this C&D and has a good 5-lb claimer in the saddle so is worth including. Teajaybe makes his debut for the Appleby yard and is already proven on this fibresand surface, looking well treated on the pick of his efforts, so he has to rank top of the shortlist.
14:10- Abi Scarlett's recent wins have come in claiming/selling company but she looks fairly treated still, and this small-field handicap represents a good opportunity for her to enhance her excellent record here. The fact only four go to post complicates matters somewhat, meaning choosing the winner is needed to progress, so it makes sense to also include Barbs Princess as she proved as good as ever when winning last time and is likely to be a threat if handling the surface.
14:40- Toto Skyllachy was undeniably disappointing here last time, but he is the type to bounce back quickly and is favoured by these terms as well as being proven under these conditions. Even with three places on offer we won't risk banking on Toto Skyllachy, however, so we'll add Schottische as a bit of insurance. Schottische was favoured by being held up in a strongly-run race last time, but she's clearly in good form and has a decent record at this venue.
15:10- Reetaj sets the standard based on his close-up second over C&D last month, where he was unlucky to bump into a useful prospect, and even just a repeat of that form should make him difficult to beat. That was just Reetaj's second start, so he is still open to improvement, while his proven ability to act on this unique surface is clearly a significant positive.
15:40- City of Angkor Wat was only narrowly denied on his fibresand debut over C&D in November, beaten by a well-handicapped course specialist, and he has remained in good form since, finishing in the frame on both subsequent starts, including over a trip in excess of his best at Kempton last time. These conditions can bring out the best in City of Angkor Wat and another bold showing is on the cards.
16:10- Eium Mac has taken very well to racing on this surface, winning once and placed on the other three starts, and there's little reason to believe that he won't continue to give his running. Eium Mac has gone close to winning the last twice, only overhauled late on by the course specialist General Tufto, and he remains on a competitive mark.
13:35- 1, 7
14:10- 1, 2
14:40- 3, 8
= 8 lines