MARK PRESCOTT only keeps a handful of horses on the go throughout the winter, which strengthens the claims of Bold Cuffs in the totequadpot Maiden Stakes at Southwell.
As is typical of so many from this yard, he looked a bit startled when asked to race on debut but gradually got the hang of things.
A colt by Dutch Art, he is nowhere near as stoutly bred as some of his stablemates and
there is no doubt he found six furlongs too sharp first time out at Southwell.
Bold Cuffs looks to have only a couple of serious rivals but it will be disappointing if he fails to go one better in this step up to seven, which looks like just what the doctor ordered.
The totepool Maiden Fillies' Stakes looks at the mercy of Mark Johnston's Ecossaise.
While her recent form suggests she is regressing, on paper at least, this looks a weak contest.
Both of her starts in handicap company have been disappointing but hopefully the return to maiden company will see her back in a better light.
Kealigolane was an impressive winner at Musselburgh earlier this month and should be backed to defy a penalty in the John Wade Group “National Hunt” Novices' Hurdle at Sedgefield.
Winner of an Irish bumper, he showed nothing over timber for Colm Murphy but, on his first start for Barry Murtagh, he led from pillar to post under a positive Lucy Alexander. He has been given a mark of 118 but may not need to run to that.
Charlie’s Vic looks intriguing in the Santander Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
A point winner, she then beat more experienced rivals in a Sligo bumper. Connections held on to her after she failed to meet their valuation at the sales and they may have something decent here.
Surely Advisor can win the Bet Mobile At victorchandler.com Selling Hurdle at Hereford. He was a promising type on the Flat and was then sent hurdling with Paul Nicholls.
He made a promising start, but the wheels then fell off, although he did beat Eradicate in an all-weather bumper a year ago. He was picked up for just 3,500 guineas by Martin Weston and if he can spark him back to life that could be a bargain.