Today's Horse Racing Tips: Two catch the eye at Southwell

Today's racing tips for Southwell.
Today's racing tips for Southwell.

Smarty Wild (advised at 10/3) put in a superb leap at the last fence on his way to recording a first chase victory at Kempton yesterday. Half an hour later, my NAP (Two For Gold) was far from fluent at most of his obstacles but still managed to finish third. Had he put in a slightly better round of jumping, I am sure he’d have won. I suspect that Kempton may not have suited him and he will definitely be of interest again on a stiffer track.

I have picked out two bets for today’s racing at Southwell.

Southwell Tips

13:50 – 7f Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap (Class 5)

SALAM YA FAISAL (NAP – 1 point win bet at 5/2) arrives here in good form and followed up his second at Chelmsford in November with a comfortable victory over this course and distance a few weeks later. That marked his first start at the Nottinghamshire course and he took to the Fibresand surface well. Having shown plenty of speed from a wide draw, Jack Mitchell’s mount travelled well out of the kickback. He then showed a good attitude when challenged in the straight before clearing away inside the final furlong. It was a smart debut on the surface and although he could only finish second here last time out (Evens favourite), he pulled clear of the rest. This four-year-old son of Dark Angel is well worth another chance and remains open to plenty of improvement.

Lexi The One, who has won two of her three starts here, and Liamba, a regular at the course, are the biggest dangers.

13:50 Southwell
Salam Ya Faisal silk

Salam Ya Faisal

Today's Racing Tips

14:50 – 1m Bombardier Handicap (Class 6)

There is little between Geography Teacher and Maykir at the weights and both should run well again. Castle Quarter is interesting on his debut for the Mick Appleby yard, but slight preference is for the consistent PALAZZO (1 point win bet at 11/4). All three career wins have come at Southwell and he was beaten by just a neck at Newcastle last time out. He is 2lb better off with Geography Teacher compared to when he beat him by almost two-lengths here in December and looks to have a good chance on these terms. Jockey Graham Lee knows the horse well and the pair are well drawn to be able to get a prominent position out of the kickback.

14:50 Southwell
Palazzo silk


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