Race of the Day – 20 Dec

Race of the Day – 15:00 Southwell

We go back to the flat today, with a one mile and six furlong handicap on the all-weather track at Southwell.

Appleby and Curtis both have useful records here at Southwell over the past five years, and when teaming up together they’ve had three winners and six places from 13 runners, for a level stakes profit of 4.75 and 5.70 respectively. They run Western Prince in this one and he is currently a warm favourite.

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Katie Gale shows up on The Shortlist (which is a report that is free to all users on a Tuesday), with a score of 11. This shows that she is nicely suited to the race conditions, with three sections of green and two of amber. She is currently the 7/2 second favourite, and looks to have things in her favour.

The Instant Expert tab confirms the suitability of Katie Gale for this race.

Interestingly we can see that Western Prince has never run on the artificial surfaces before, which could leave a slight doubt about whether or not he will take to this surface. However, when looking at the breeding data on the race card tab, it shows that his sire, Cape Cross, has a fantastic record with horses running on the all-weather. He has produced horses that have won 111 races from 542 runners (20.48%) for a level stakes profit of 114.47. It should therefore be a safe assumption that Western Prince will be fine on this surface.

Katie Gale has done a lot of hurdling previously, so she obviously stays a lot further than today’s trip, and from looking at the Pace tab we can see that she usually likes to lead her races. Due to her stamina, I think there’s a good chance that she will set a decent gallop, to try and run the finish out of Western Prince, who is untried over further than this distance.

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