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HOWZER BLACK (3.45) has been found a good opening by Keith Dalgleish in the 1m 2f handicap at Ayr on Monday.
The five-year-old is most consistent and ran another cracking race in the Ripon Silver Bowl 11 days ago, leading until the furlong pole until Zabeel Champion and Mascat asserted their authority.
Dream With Me is a serious player as he probably went off too fast when collared by G For Gabrial and Warne’s Army in an apprentice handicap at Pontefract 19 days ago. His new mark demands more but Ben Curtis takes over the reins on Mark Johnston’s colt.
Howzer Black’s stablemate Breguet Boy, useful over hurdles, has yet to be tested on a firm surface.
LOVE DE VEGA (1.00) showed plenty of early zip on debut at Newmarket, giving best close home to Forca Brasil, and gets the nod in the opening 5f novice stakes over Vintage Clarets, penalised for his clear-cut Beverley success 12 days ago.
Midnite Bride will be fancied to complete a hat-trick in the 7f handicap but is up 10lb for her latest Redcar success. TOMMY G (2.40), a triple course and distance winner, may not be quite the force of old but is accordingly well treated. A recent spin over an inadequate five furlongs at Musselburgh will have done him the world of good and he goes on quick ground. Al Qaasim, formerly with William Haggas, is interesting on first handicap start for David O’Meara off what appears a fairly stiff mark.
There is plenty of dead wood in the one-mile maiden and TADREEB (3.15) can reasonably be expected to improve on his sole run at Lingfield at the end of October. The colt could never strike a blow from a wide draw but should be more clued-up today.
The Dalgleish-trained Summa Peta earned an official rating of 81 after two good runs at Ayr last summer, before being outclassed behind Chindit in a Listed event at Ascot.
14:15 Southwell - Race: 5
14:25 Lingfield - Race: 4