LUCKY ROBIN (1.50) looks too big a price at 15-2 to land a competitive 1m 6f handicap at Southwell.
Brian Ellison kept him fairly busy over hurdles this summer and Lucky Robin tackled two miles here three weeks ago, attempting to make all before being reeled in by Artistic Streak and Thawry. This is an easier assignment.
Andrew Balding’s filly Badessa is the dark horse of the race stepping into a handicap on the back of two respectable efforts at Wolverhampton and Kempton last season. The safer option is to side with Fibresand form, so Mr Carbonator and War Empress could be the ones to most trouble Lucky Robin.
Twelve are declared for the Maiden Auction Stakes and racetrack experience can come to the fore. NIGHT FORCE (1.20) ran to a mark of around 70 when a running-on third to Illustrator at Newcastle 11 days ago and that sets the standard. Probable favourite Sammy Sunshine hasn’t been disgraced behind Gordonstoun in a couple of nursery events at Nottingham and should be involved.
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