1.10pm Southwell tips for Monday’s Class 5 race. The second race of the day at Southwell on Monday is staying handicap, raced over the two mile distance. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: On his first start for Mick Appleby, BERTIE MOON got back to near his best form when running well for a very long way at Nottingham earlier this month. That was on the back of a break so he’s entitled to come on for it and with his current mark more than fair, he shouldn’t be for catching under Luke Morris. Gabrial’s Star is another who is extremely well treated and he heads up the main dangers.
1 RITE TO REIGN – Finished second off a twelve pound higher mark back in June 2016, but he was absent for over a year afterwards and has been well beaten on all four of his runs in 2017. He makes his fibresand debut and caution is advised.
2 SLEEP EASY – Won at the 1m 4f distance here in 2015 for Neil Mulholland and although he’s developed into a useful hurdler since, his form on the flat has been modest at best. He was well held at Newbury when last seen and although he’s three pounds lower, others make far more appeal.
3 BERTIE MOON – Previous fibresand winner who is now ten pounds below his last winning mark. He got back to near his best form on his latest start when running well for a very long way at Nottingham twelve days ago. He’s two pounds lower here and shouldn’t be for catching.
4 GABRIAL’S STAR – Won off thirteen pounds higher at Wolverhampton in May and has form on the fibresand also, not running a bad race when last seen at Newbury. He’s a pound lower here and he’s entitled to be involved if at his very best, which couldn’t be guaranteed by any stretch.
5 HURRICANE HOLLOW – Triple hurdling winner for Dan Skelton who has placed the last twice on the flat for David Barron, making his fibresand debut today. He was twelve lengths behind when third on his latest start, so improvement is certainly needed here. Couldn’t be ruled out but others do have stronger claims.
6 RULER OF THE NILE – Course and distance winner in February 2016 but he’s not been sighted in most of his races in 2017, again weakening out of contention at Wolverhampton when last seen. This mark is probably still beyond him and others are readily preferred.
7 GIANT REDWOOD – Won on debut when in Ireland for Aidan O’Brien but he’s failed to win in eleven starts since, falling over hurdles on his latest start at Sedgefield. He hasn’t been seen since and the fact he’s had such breaks in his career is a big concern. Best watched once again.