Through The Card: Southwell, Thursday January 25

There is all-weather racing at Southwell on Thursday
There is all-weather racing at Southwell on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Southwell on Thursday...

"A subsequent 8 lb rise may not be enough to stop the follow up..."

13:05 - LEONARD THOMAS (4) came to fibresand quite late in life, but he handled it well on his debut over 11f here last week, and shaped encouragingly too boot. He dwelt and travelled well towards the rear, making headway until short of room entering the straight, but stayed on eye-catchingly in the final furlong, only beaten a head. Leonard Thomas hasn't been with this yard that long and is handicapped to strike. Nanny Makfi should be very competitive at this level, while Buthelezi is too well weighted to ignore at present.

13:35 - Assuming he goes on fibresand, this should be pretty straightforward for previous winner COOL SPIRIT (1). He has much the best form in this line-up and he yard do well here, so it will be disappointing if he doesn't win. Samovar is the obvious forecast option unless the market suggests that stablemate Shortbackandsides is above average.

14:10 - SOMETHING LUCKY (6) was initially expensive to follow upon joining Mick Appleby, but he's really come good of late and the hat-trick is very much on the cards. He is in the form of his life at present, winning with more in hand than the one-length margin suggests over this C&D last week, and should prove hard to beat if in the same form turned out under a penalty. Pearl Acclaim is also thriving, winning a higher-grade C&D handicap 11 days ago, so he is the main threat.

14:45 - MAIFALKI (2) has twice shaped well since the turn of the year, finding only a well-treated rival too strong at Chelmsford two weeks ago. He proved his effectiveness on this surface when finishing runner-up over this C&D earlier this month and earns the vote under Clifford Lee. Jabbaar and Epitaph are closely matched on recent C&D form and head up the dangers.

15:20 - HELEN SHERBET (1) is building a good record round here, showing improved form to land her second win at this course over seven furlongs earlier this month, and she looks the one to beat again. Everything seemed to come a bit easier to her over the longest trip she's encountered to date, and this even longer trip looks well within range. A subsequent 8 lb rise may not be enough to stop the follow up. Couldn't Could She and Mr Carbonator also struck last time and can make their presence felt again.

15:55 - This looks wide open, but MR CHRISTOPHER (7) ran well on his last competitive outing here, and could represent a spot of value. He arguably did too much too soon at Wolverhampton recently but has been given a chance at the weights. Mach One and the hat-trick seeking Zaeem are just a couple of others worth considering.

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