2.00 Southwell

NORTHSIDE PRINCE (best price 7/1) hasn’t won for a while, but he’s a fairly honest sort and it would come as no surprise if he were to have his consistency rewarded following a string of near misses. In the money on his last five starts at today’s track, Alan Swinbank’s charge has been keeping good company in that period over the winter months and his best performance from that quintet of races came when he finished runner-up to the record-breaking La Estrella over two miles on his penultimate outing (Singzak well beaten third).

Having looked all over the winner that day, some could question his resolution in the closing stages, but the case for the defence would point towards the fact he was up against one of the strongest stayers the fibresand venue has ever witnessed so it would be harsh to criticising him too much on that score. As he ran so well over 2m that day, the decision to ride him aggressively when he dropped back four furlongs last time out backfired in a big way as he couldn’t maintain the strong gallop he set from the outset in the latter stages of a race that eventually went the way of the more patiently-ridden Muhtaris. Back over his optimum trip this afternoon and likely to get a lead on this occasion courtesy of Singzak being in the line-up, the Desert Prince gelding makes plenty of each-way appeal at his opening quotes and in the place only markets around the 5/4 mark.
Northside Prince - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.4pt
Northside Prince Top Three Finish - 2pt @ 5/4Won 2.5pt

2.30 Southwell

Connections of RAZIN’ HELL (NAP) (best price 7/2) must have been delighted to see their charge run so well after 205 days off the track here last time out and that performance should just about put him at fever-pitch for his next assignment on a surface his loves best. Trying to match strides with the very speedy and progressive Crosse Fire obviously took its toll on John Balding’s inmate in the latter stages of that strongly-run affair and as the winner as gone in again and similar subsequent scorer Seamster was way back in sixth, the performance level was of a particularly high standard for the grade. As all his best form had come over six furlongs prior to that effort, it’s not unreasonable to expect the son of Byron to improve for the step back up in trip and add to his career C&D stats of 21131.
Razin' Hell - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Won 4.2pt