NOBLE BEHEST (3.00) has his first run at Southwell and appears to have plenty in hand if taking to the Fibresand surface.
The merit of his latest success at Wolverhampton when edging out Battle Of Marathon received a significant boost when the runner-up landed quite a hot handicap at Lingfield yesterday. Noble Behest has been put up 4lb but Robbie Walsh's 5lb claim means he is still attractively handicapped.
LLAMBA (2.30) edged out Global Melody before Christmas and a 2lb rise is hardly draconian. David OMeara's mare has done all her recent racing at Southwell and seems to be at the top of her game.
Favourite Al Suil Eile couldn't quite reel in Private Matter last month and the front pair finished more than three lengths clear of the third.
ASDAA (1.30) could have the race run to suit, with prolific winner Suitcase ‘N' Taxi likely to employ his customary front-running tactics.
There will be no hiding place but Asdaa ran really well when placed behind Northernpowerhouse and subsequent Lingfield winner Mohareb at Newcastle over today's seven-furlong trip.
Asdaa has a bit to find with Smokey Lane on their earlier run here over six furlongs but seems to be on the upgrade over this longer distance. He is settling in well at Mark Johnston's Middleham yard since a switch from Dermot Weld.
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