RICHARD HUGHES has sent out four winners from his last seven runners on the all-weather (one of his losers was a 25-1 no-hoper) and QUEEN OF ALL (4.05) can add to that tally at Southwell.
His filly beat 11 rivals comprehensively at Kempton on debut in November and returns to action under 7lb apprentice George Rooke. Hughie Morrison's runners are always to be feared on the Fibresand and Royal Astronomer will help make the market for my selection.
SUMMER LIGHTENING (4.40) looks capable of completing her hat-trick in the concluding mares’ handicap hurdle at Musselburgh. Her last two successes came at Catterick, first when beating Zabeel Star (winner of a National Hunt bumper at Newcastle last week), before hosing up three weeks later. She returns from a five weeks break and can shrug off a 7lb higher mark. Paper Promise was nibbled overnight, while Brian Hughes is an eye-catching booking aboard Jim Goldie's Pammi.
Trainer Diane Sayer has another live chance on the midweek card with FRIGHTENED RABBIT (3.40). The eight-year-old likes to bowl along in front, tactics which worked a treat on testing ground at Carlisle before he produced another solid effort (third) at Hexham. He should go close on his favoured heavy ground if fully wound up on the back of a 98-day absence. Blooriedotcom has been running well of late and looks sure to be in the shake-up.
There isn’t much class on show and OLD JEWRY (1.40) gets the opportunity to break his duck in the opening 2m 4f handicap chase. His third over hurdles at Carlisle nine days ago was a fair effort in the context of this weak event and he is the one to beat.
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