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Master Dan can get off the mark at Southwell


Master Dan finally hit the mark at the 13th attempt recently and with his confidence riding high, he can strike again in the Coral Mobile "Just Three Clicks To Bet" Handicap at Southwell.

James Given's charge hit the bar more than once, finishing second five times, before eventually getting his head in front when seeing off Darting by four and a half lengths at this track in late November.

That victory showed just how much he likes the Fibresand surface and while he has gone up 2lb for that win, this does not look the most competitive event.

Lazy Sioux deserves plenty of credit for her most recent effort and can step up on that in the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Handicap.

Richard Guest's charge was last seen finishing second in a moderate event at Nottingham, beaten just a head by Rambo Will.

She is perhaps better than that form suggests when you consider her rider put up 3lb overweight that day which, given the narrow margin of defeat, sees her emerge with plenty of credit.

The handicapper has raised her 2lb for that effort and she is interesting tried on the Fibresand for the first time.

Naval Action is clearly no star with a rating of just 43 but should be good enough in the 32Red Casino Nursery Handicap.

Mark Prescott's charge made no impact at all in three turf starts over seven furlongs but switched to the all weather and upped to nine and a half furlongs at Wolverhampton, he put in an improved show to finish third.

Cheekpieces were also applied that day and the headgear will be on again as Naval Action drops back slightly to a mile.

The distance may not be totally ideal but a 2lb dip in the weights makes him a very attractive prospect.

Killala Quay is firmly expected to get off the mark over fences in the Novices' Chase at Uttoxeter.

Charlie Longsdon's charge was among the best last season as a novice hurdler, striking in a Grade Two and being only six lengths off would-be superstar Faugheen in the Neptune at Cheltenham in March.

He can be forgiven defeat at Aintree after that as he would not be the first to not give his running there after tackling Cheltenham, and there was a fair bit to take out of his fencing bow at Ascot last month.

He could not cope with the pace of Puffin Billy who made all, but he kept on to be second best and promises to be much better for this step up to three miles.

It will leave a bit of a head-scratching for connections if he is turned over.


FONTWELL: 12.40 The Wallace Line, 1.10 Moss On The Mill, 1.40 Molo, 2.10 Global Power, 2.40 Our Phylli Vera, 3.10 Osmosia, 3.40 In The Crowd.

SOUTHWELL: 12.00 Showtime Star, 12.30 Reetaj, 1.00 Novalist, 1.30 Red Shadow, 2.00 Hail Promenader, 2.30 Naval Action, 3.00 Lazy Sioux, 3.30 MASTER DAN (NAP).

UTTOXETER: 12.20 Katarrhini, 12.50 Killala Quay, 1.20 Dormouse, 1.50 Moss Cloud, 2.20 Filatore, 2.50 Positive Vibes, 3.20 Dueling Banjos.

DOUBLE: Master Dan and Killala Quay.