US-bred runners are few and far between but they do have a tendency to run well on the all-weather. Fibresand, which is used only at Southwell, is a deeper, more stamina-sapping surface than other all-weather venues.
This results in much slower finishes and wider margins between horses. Previous surveys have shown that US-bred horses fare better on fibresand, which resembles US dirt in some respects.
In the last five years, US-bred runners have won at Southwell 15-per-cent of the time. This has resulted in a staggering level stakes profit of +£168. Below, we take a look at two US-bred runners who can strike at the venue on Tuesday.
There are two US-bred runners in this lineup and both have solid claims. Rafiot is already proven on the surface having won here last time out. Bred by the American horse Elusive Quality, he relished the fibresand and could go well again up in trip.
However, THAI TERRIER could be the one to be on for the Mark Johnston crew. He was becoming increasingly frustrating but won very well at Chelmsford when last seen. The Kitten’s Joy runner is running on fibresand for the very first time and although his site was a Turf runner, he should handle this surface.
Lisa Williamson’s RED STRIPES is a well known runner around Southwell and needs no real introduction. A five-time winner over course and distance, if he is on a going day he could take some pegging back.
The nine-year-old has gone 28 runs without tasting success but has dropped to a very tempting mark now. It is only a matter of time before he finds the winner’s enclosure again.
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