Timeform highlight three horses worth backing at Southwell on Thursday...
"He should be up to following up under a penalty..."
Timeform on Whittle le Woods
Alexej cost 200,000 guineas as a yearling and looked a smart prospect when making a winning debut at Leicester in October, but has since proven expensive to follow on the all-weather. His form has a solid look to it, though, and he looked as good as ever when third at Chelmsford last time on handicap debut. Alexej comes up against some solid Southwell performers, but he is drawn wide so should avoid any kick back, and is up to winning races from this mark.
Whittle le Woods showed promise amidst greenness on debut at Newcastle last month and built on that experience in no uncertain terms when landing some nice bets over the same course and distance 11 days later. He had clearly learnt plenty and had to really knuckle down in the final furlong to repel the odds-on favourite who would not give up. That form couldn't be working out better, either, with the third, fourth, sixth and seventh all winning next time out. He should be up to following up under a penalty.
Fabilis won two of his four starts as a juvenile last season, and wasn't disgraced when last seen contesting the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket over a mile and a quarter. Fabilis has been ridden to the fore on his last three starts and, with no obvious pace on paper in the race, he could prove very hard to peg back if getting in a good rhythm on the front end at a track when it can be hard to come from off the pace.
Alexej - 13:10 Southwell
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