IT'S probably tempting fate but Tuesday's Southwell card looks punter friendly.
LOVE RAT (2.50) gave notice his turn was close at hand when chasing home One More Chance over course and distance, with John Gosden's Heather lark, rated 79, back in third. A repeat of that run will make Love Rat very hard to beat in this novice stakes.
SENATUS (1.40) thwarted my tip Lean On Pete over 1m 4f last Tuesday and if anything this longer trip will be even more in his favour.
Karen McLintock's gelding has twice been placed over two miles at Newcastle, so stamina isn't an issue, and Senatus clearly took to the Fibresand surface last time.
SOOQAAN (4.25) scored with such authority seven days ago that a 6lb penalty shouldn't prevent him rattling off a January hat-trick over course and distance.
At bigger odds, ANGEL PALANAS (2.55) has the profile of a progressive horse.
Karl Burke's apprentice Russell Harris gave his mount a polished ride to pull clear by six lengths, having led off the home bend.
Angel Palanas was a short head behind Kommander Kirkup when they filled the places behind Tellovoi earlier in the month and Kommander Kirkup is 8lb better off. The formbook says that's enough for him to confirm the form, but Angel Palanas looked a fast-improving sort last time.
Meanwhile, Johnb's Tuesday are here too after his Nap/NB All is Good won at double stakes.
- Southwell 2.50 – Love Rat (6-4, bet365)
- Southwell 1.40 – Senatus (5-4, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power)
- Southwell 4.25 – Sooqaan (5-4, general)
- Southwell 2.55 – Angel Palanas (9-2, bet365)
Johnb's Tuesday Tips
- Newcastle 1.20 – Cadeyrn 10-3
- Southwell 1.40 – Senatus 6-4 NAP
- Southwell 4.25 – Sooqaan 6-4 NB
12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
12:20 Hexham - Race: 1