ALAN has three Thursday fancies including Zodiakos to take the mile handicap at Southwell for in-form Roger Fell.
ZODIAKOS is a proven Fibresand performer and with Roger Fell’s stable hitting top form he can land the mile handicap at Southwell. The gelding has finished runner-up on four occasions since scoring over course and distance at the end of November and deserves further reward for consistency. It’s hard to see him finishing out of the money.
At Newcastle, LOPES DANCER looks a bit of value in the opening 1m 4f handicap. He led two out before being caught close home by Loud And Clear in mid-December and may have the edge over course specialist Trautman. His form figures of 1-1-2-3 from four runs tell its own story.
LION HEARTED was no great shakes in Ireland but he landed a fair old gamble at Chelmsford City last week on his British debut for Mick Appleby. He scorched home by six lengths and escapes a penalty as it was an apprentices’ race. This should be a cake-walk on form but we’ve had some funny results at Newcastle this winter, with the track riding testing on occasions, especially when there is a fierce headwind.
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