Through The Card: Southwell, Wednesday 27 February

Southwell racecourse
There's action on the fibresand at Southwell on Wednesday

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

"...he looks to be on a good mark judged on the pick of his Irish form..."

Timeform on National Glory

14:30 - GORGEOUS GENERAL (1) is in fine form at the moment, winning four of his last five starts, including most recently over C&D, when picking up the lead two furlongs out and getting well on top of his only creditable rival in the closing stages. He gave the impression he'd remain competitive from higher marks that day, meaning an 8 lb rise may not be enough to stop him in his current heart and he gets the vote to win again. Astraea is perhaps worth another chance given the impression she created when winning at Newcastle two starts ago, while Toni's A Star should remain competitive.

15:05 - PURPLE ROCK (1) got back to his very best when ending his long losing run over C&D two weeks ago, breaking well from the stalls and allowed to dominate by his rivals, making all. Raised just 3 lb for that, he has solid claims of following up, and with a weak pace forecast here, it would be no surprise should Purple Rock once again make every single yard from the inside stall. Harbour Quay made a sound start to his handicap career when second here last week and is feared, while Seasearch can also get back on track on fibresand.

15:35 - While NATIONAL GLORY (1) has only shown fairly useful form at best since switching to Archie Watson five starts ago, but each of those runs came at a higher grade than this, and National Glory has been slipping in the weights in the meantime. He looks to be on a good mark judged on the pick of his Irish form (when winning a maiden at Naas in July 2018), and considering Archie Watson's strike rate with sprinters, he's fancied to get things right sooner rather than later. Vallarta is selected for the forecast in a tight handicap.

16:10 - This looks tougher than the C&D race won by SPACE BANDIT (7) last month, but he's still unexposed in handicaps and caught the eye with the clear-cut nature of his success last time, getting well on top at the finish. The fibresand seems to particularly suit him, and he's fancied to make light of an 8 lb rise by winning again. Weld Al Emarat is on a roll on this surface, winning two of his last three starts and is respected, while Saint Equiano looked a fibresand natural when last seen.

16:40 - With very little meaningful form on offer, it looks worth siding with the newcomer COPPER AND FIVE (2), who represents a leading yard in the form of John Gosden and makes some appeal on paper in the context of this race. Stay Forever has disappointed the last twice, but her experience may prove a big advantage and she would have claims if reproducing her best form.

17:10 - A wide open finale, in which it may be worth siding with SINGE DU NORD (10). She was first past the post on her only start on the fibresand to date back in December (demoted to second for causing interference), and while she disappointed at Kempton next time out, she's worthy of another chance returned to this surface in what looks a particularly weak finale.

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