GOING NATIVE (1.20) can put her Fibresand experience to good use in a modest contest at Southwell.
She finished third to Andrew Balding's Aiya over course and distance 18 days ago when having her first outing for Olly Williams. The form of that race has worked out okay and Going Native should have the measure of the William Haggas-trained Imperial Red. He has shown nothing so far but first-time blinkers may have the desired effect.
Ed Walker used to train Going Native so he should know where he stands with Isoletta, third at Lingfield in December.
LEAN ON PETE (3.40) is another horse with solid form figures at Southwell.
Ollie Pears's gelding chased home subsequent winner Star Ascending before going one better just before Christmas when taking the measure of Mister Showman. A 3lb rise is fair.
Lean On Pete meets slightly superior opposition today but they all lack vital track experience.
INDIGO PRINCESS (4.10) is the best handicapped horse of the day following her excellent second at Chelmsford City on Saturday evening.
Mick Appleby's mare raced from 8lb out of the handicap when splitting the 80-rated pair Spinning Melody and Coillte Cailin, and races off 58 here. If she can translate that Chelmsford City form to Fibresand, she is a good thing.
- Southwell 1.20 – Going Native (9-4, McBookie)
- Southwell 3.40 – Lean On Pete (7-2, general)
- Southwell 4.10 – Indigo Princess (7-2, bet365)