Just one card surviving on Monday at Southwell ,though I guess that's one better than Boxing day!!,the weathermen forecast the temperatures too improve by Wednesday that's hope there right, not the greatest quality card at Southwell though the 5 furlong claiming stakes at 1.15 looks quite interesting.
5F CLAIMING STAKES CLASS 6 SOUTHWELL 1.15
SLOOP JOHNB : C&D winner back in November beating Lost in Paris by head in class 4 handicap of mark 70,finished placed on last three starts in handicaps ,including finishing 3RD last time over C&D behind Sir Geoffrey .Looks well suited to fibresand and should go well dropping into claimer for first time.
COLORUS : Course specialist winning 5 times over C&D at Southwell ,won 3 times this season,ran good 3RD over C&D in November just behind SLOOP JOHNB only beaten head & neck.Should go well, dropping in class on his favourite track.
VERDICT : Strictly on form MATSUNOSUKE has quite bit in hand in this claimer being rated 100 ,though was very disappointing 5TH last time when short price favourite in claimer at Lingfield, and hasn't the greatest record at Southwell 0 from 3,finishing last of 9 last time he ran at Southwell.
Both SLOOP JOHNB & COLORUS are very closely matched ,both have good course records at Southwell and look good value to upset the favourite.
SLOOP JOHNB .
£50 EACH-WAY / 0.50PTS EACH-WAY @ 5-1 WILLIAM HILLS.
£50 EACH-WAY / 0.50PTS EACH-WAY @ 7-1 WILLIAM HILLS.
Split stakes bet, not a bet I normally use though both SLOOP JOHNB & COLORUS look difficult to separate on form, and not easy to choose between the pair.So quite happy to back them both at decent odds.
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