Our resident pundit fancies an Amy Murphy-trained runner in Southwell's opener.
MERCIAN PRINCE (best price 3-1) ran a blinder on his first start for Amy Murphy at Uttoxeter nine days ago and a reproduction of that form should entitle him to go very close in this similar race. A winner in France over fences in June, the son of Midnight Legend looked like he was going to repeat the dose at the Midland venue, but having hit the front travelling well three out, he just got a little bit tired in the latter stages off the back of a 66-day break. Sure to be a good deal straighter this time around, this sound-jumping five-year-old doesn’t appear too badly treated on the evidence of that display and he can prove a nice acquisition for his rookie handler over the next few seasons.
TABLE MANNERS (NAP) (best price 11-8) may well have been a 25-1 shock winner here last time out, but the way she totally bossed her field suggest there was no fluke about the performance and she can dominate today’s opponents in similar fashion if in the same form. Always travelling well in the hands of Hollie Doyle 25 days ago, the Dutch Art filly stayed on well inside the last half mile once establishing a clear cushion over her field and with the time figure suggesting the race is a pretty reliable one of its kind, an 8lb penalty shouldn’t prove a barrier to success.