The return to hurdles could be the making of a Dan Skelton charge at Southwell.
WHITE POPPY (best price 7-2)
was gunned down by a horse that produced a cracking final last three furlong sectional time at Sandown on her latest start, so she has to be given another chance in her bid to return to winning ways back against her own sex. Prior to that smart effort at the Esher venue, Andrew Balding’s filly had run out a convincing winner of a useful Wolverhampton maiden back in April and having also run well on her only previous visit to today’s track, the daughter of Frozen Power clearly has plenty to her favour.
White Poppy - 1pt @ 7/2Won 3.5pts
NEWTON GERONIMO (best price 8-1)
caught many punters unawares with his shock 50/1 victory at Taunton back in April, but as the winning time and his subsequent decent follow-up effort at Bangor proved, there doesn’t appear anything remotely fluky about the result. Ben Pauling’s charge had refused to race on his previous two start prior to that race at the West Country venue – hence the very big price – but as exhibited by the performance that day, he’s clearly quite a talented individual once he has his mind engaged on the job at hand. His latest display when third in a much better contest also went on to show he can not only mix it in that sort of grade, but he can now be relied upon to actually start a race on terms with the rest of the field. Clearly at his best when he can come through off a fast pace, he should get the ideal set-up here today courtesy of My Brother Sylvester and Mr Lando in the line-up and with trip and ground also in his favour, the son of Brian Boru makes plenty of each-way appeal at 8-1
NEWTON GERONIMO - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1Won 4.8pts
Because of her size, life for BON CHIC (best price 3-1)
was always going to be difficult jumping fences, and although she’s shown a fair degree of adaptability to the larger obstacles, the return to hurdles looks to be a smart move by connections for the time being. The fact that Dan Skelton’s charge managed get within seven lengths of the top-class Bristol De Mai at Leicester back in December just shows how much ability she has in her locker and although she went on to score comfortably over fences on her next start at Fakenham, her last two performances have suggested the fences are very much getting in her way and preventing her from running at maximum capacity. 2-3 over the smaller obstacles, tonight’s brush hurdles should prove ideal for the daughter of Presenting and she doesn’t look too badly treated off a mark of 124 on the pick of her very best form.
BON CHIC - 1pt @ 3/1Won 3pts