Trainer Jamie Snowden could be in the winners' enclosure at Southwell this evening.
Course form counts for plenty around this stiff track and as MAZ MAJECC (best price 7/2)
is the only C&D winner in the field, his superior knowledge of this Northumberland venue might just tip the balance in his favour. Pulled up on three of his previous starts, Jonathon Hayes’ inmate couldn’t have been fancied with any degree of confidence when he shipped up here 17 days ago, but unlike his form figures, he travelled like a short-priced favourite and ran out a thoroughly desired winner in a decent time. The key to that improved performance was undoubtedly the better ground and with similar conditions looking set fair, there’s no reason to believe the son of Robert Emmet won’t be competitive once again for his local connections.
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MAZ MAJECC - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Lost -2pts
JUST BE LUCKY (best price 10/3)
clocked a smart time when scoring tidily at Haydock four days ago and it would come as little surprise if he were to follow up providing he’s in a similar state of mind. Off the back of strong fractions set by the front-running Chosen Character, Ivan Furtado’s charge found a nice turn of foot in the closing stages to seal the deal and with the pair pulling six lengths clear of the remainder, the form looks totally believable.
JUST BE LUCKY - 1pt e/w @ 10/3Won 4pts
CARRIGKERRY (NAP) (best price 7/2)
posted an eye-popping set of numbers for a horse of his grade at Worcester five days ago and provided he doesn’t bounce to the moon off the back of that herculean effort, Jamie Snowden’s charge surely must go well under his mandatory penalty. Having his first outing over hurdles for new connections after a career mainly in the point-to-point field, the son of Pilsudski set off at a rapid tempo from the beginning and even though he was pestered on several occasions throughout the final circuit, he swotted them all away and stayed on strongly in the latter stages. Of the three races run over 2m 4f that afternoon, his contest was by some way the fastest (9 seconds quicker than 125-rated Castlemorris King and 12 seconds better than 110-rated Perspicace) so using these findings as a guide to his ability, it’s clear that he could be a little way ahead of the handicapper off his current mark of 109.
CARIGKERRY - 2pts @ 7/2Won 7pts