TRAINER Declan Carroll has set his stall out to raise the stable's Christmas money at Southwell, with new fewer than five leading chances on the card.
MOTAHASSEN (4.50) made a mockery of his handicap mark over course and distance last month, drawing effortlessly seven lengths clear, and a 5lb penalty won't stop a repeat if in the same mood. Clipsham Tiger is chasing a four-timer, his latest success also coming here 17 days ago, and helps make the market.
SOMMER KATZE (5.25) landed odds of 1-5 easily on the five furlongs track and can concede 7lb and upwards to his rivals back over course and distance. Karl Burke's filly Milagre De Vida was made 10-11 favourite on debut at Newcastle but flopped behind 65-rated Society Guest. Presumably, she is considered better than that opening display on her gallops work.
ROCK SOUND (6.30) had more than four lengths to spare when scoring on debut for Carroll following a switch from Dermot Weld. A 10lb rise deserves more in higher grade but he may be up to the task.
HONEY GG (7.00) was sent off favourite here last time but found Young Tiger just too strong after leading over a furlong out. The filly races off the same mark and is poised to go one better.
TYNECASTLE PARK (7.30), trained by Robert Eddery, gets the vote over previous winner Thahab Ifraj in the 1m 6f handicap. Hearts fans have had precious little to cheer this season but Tynecastle Park can hit the target following an eye-catching second to Argus on the Fibresand in a better race. Gavin Cromwell's Earl Of Bunnacurry, a course winner over a mile last November, is the fly in the ointment stepping up significantly in distance.
In the finale, that man Carroll saddles yet another prospective winner in Bee Machine. The four-year-old won here 26 days ago and a 3lb rise isn't harsh. At odds of 7-1 with Paddy Power he has to be of each-way interest, but it is a competitive event for the grade. The way to go could be a Lucky 15 with the first four Carroll horses or mixing up all his Southwell runners in doubles and trebles.
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