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XCELENTE (3.55) bolted up by more than four lengths over course and distance in mid-October and is fancied to resume winning ways at Southwell.
He hasn’t been disgraced subsequently racing off his 10lb higher mark and Tim Easterby eases him slightly in grade for this Class 5 handicap over a mile. Native Silver was caught by Xcelente’s stable companion Amadeus Grey over course and distance 18 days ago and should go close, despite an inconvenient 3lb rise. Fieldsman goes well here for Mollie Phillips.
MOONBOOTZ (6.00) was turned over when sent off odds-on at Wolverhampton but Karl Burke’s gelding sets the standard in this 7f novice stakes. First-time cheek-pieces are applied and the yard’s horses have been running well over the past couple of weeks.
Giogiobbo ran Mulzim close over course and distance nine days ago and goes well for 5lb apprentice Jonathan Fisher. Mick Appleby’s grey KING OF STARS (6.30) returns to action following a 61-day break and is just preferred. The three-year-old scored with some authority over course and distance in October before his slightly disappointing fifth to Birkenhead a fortnight later.