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Parallel World is in line to rule at Southwell


Mayo Star

Mayo Star

Mayo Star

Parallel World has already shown he is in his element at Southwell - and he can prove the point again on his return from a break in the Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap.

Karl Burke's four-year-old demonstrated on his last visit that an absence from the track is no problem for him - winning his second race on the Fibresand at the end of December, more than eight months after his previous success.

It is little more than a mere two months since then this time as he bids to take his career record to three wins from just four starts.

Parallel World makes his handicap debut on a mark of 80, and has obvious prospects against four more exposed opponents - with Harrison Shaw's 3lb claim easing his burden.

Cape Greco was an honourable runner-up to Straitouttacompton here last month, and he can uphold the course form when he returns for the Bombardier "March To Your Own Drum" Handicap.

He is down a furlong, having led at the distance last time.

The Betway Handicap opens the evening card over the minimum trip, and Nautical Haven could bag the twilight purse.

The six-year-old has not won since his juvenile days with Kevin Ryan four summers ago, but he was a decent second at Lingfield last time, and used to be competitive off a 20lb higher rating not that long ago.

His first excursion to Southwell could just pay off.

Jumps cards at Exeter and Newcastle both host novices with potential.

In Devon, Young Buck has striking credentials on paper in the Watch Race Replays At racingtv.com Novices' Hurdle.

The six-year-old, a winning Irish point-to-pointer on his only start to date 12 months ago, represents Paul Nicholls in the colours of the Stewart Family.

For good measure, there is a nod in his name to his connections' all-time great staying hurdler Big Buck's - and after being bought for £150,000, there has to be every chance he is up to winning a race of this nature.

At Newcastle, there are reasons to anticipate a good showing from Mayo Star in the Border Minstrel Novices' Hurdle.

The eight-year-old has mustered just seven career outings so far, but has won or been placed in the last five. They include victory at Ayr in January on stable debut for Nicky Richards.

EXETER: 2.00 Young Buck, 2.30 Fortescue, 3.00 Kilcrea Bridge, 3.30 Fanfaron Dino, 4.00 Tudors Treasure, 4.30 Morning Spirit.

NAVAN: 1.40 New Ross, 2.10 Flying Risk, 2.40 Even Flight, 3.10 Golden Spread, 3.40 Cut The Mustard, 4.10 Grey Atlantic Way, 4.40 Ice Cold Soul.

NEWCASTLE: 2.20 Mayo Star, 2.50 Seapoint, 3.20 Skyhill, 3.50 Orkan, 4.20 Molly Carew, 4.50 Wetlands.

SOUTHWELL: 5.00 Nautical Haven, 5.30 Tigray, 6.00 Going Native, 6.30 PARALLEL WORLD (NAP), 7.00 Cape Greco, 7.30 Karalini.

DOUBLE: Cape Greco and Parallel World.