The Flat turf season may be over for another year, but three of North Yorkshire’s leading trainers look set to figure among the winners at Southwell’s all-weather fixture tomorrow.
Mark Johnston, Richard Fahey and David Nicholls have all enjoyed a good year and the trio can maintain their form by figuring on the scoresheet at the Nottinghamshire venue, which will be a regular port of call for so many of the northern fraternity during the coming weeks and months.
Nicholls bids to strike while the iron is hot with Desert Creek, who won at Doncaster last Saturday on the closing day of the turf campaign. That success was gained in an apprentices’ race, which means the gelding escapes a penalty in tomorrow’s 32Red Casino Handicap.
Shirley Teasdale, attached to the Nicholls’ yard, was seen to good effect on Desert Creek on Town Moor and takes the mount again on the in-form six-year-old, who had previously scored at Leicester. He can complete a quick hat-trick.
Johnston saddles Betzyoucan in the 32Red.com Nursery.
The filly finished a creditable third at Leicester last time in maiden company and is now in handicap company for the first time. She should be hard to beat.
Fahey is responsible for the nap selection, Snooky, who runs in the 32Red Maiden Stakes in the hands of Tony Hamilton.
The gelding has finished second in both his races this autumn, at Newcastle and Redcar. This is his all-weather debut, but there is no reason to believe he won’t act on Fibresand and he is selected to break his maiden.
Also worth noting at Southwell is Rakticate (2.20), who bounded home with five lengths to spare at Nottingham a fortnight ago. Stan Moore’s juvenile looks set to follow up.
Irish Jugger (12.20), a winner on this course last week, and Take Cover (3.20), who rattled up a hat-trick on this track last winter, should appreciate a return to his favourite venue.
At Kempton’s twilight fixture, Scottish trainer Keith Dalgleish can extend his winning run with Satefisio in the sportinglife.com Racing Conditions Stakes.
A talented horse, who seems to enjoy this Polytrack surface, Santefisio scored here recently.
Sledmere trainer Declan Carroll sends Whozthecat south to contest the Betdaq Mobile Apps Handicap over five furlongs.
The sprinter won over this minimum distance at Wolverhampton on his latest start and, although this looks tougher, he has every chance of making his presence felt. Carroll’s smart apprentice Neil Farley takes the mount.
The promising Zeus Magic (5.55) and Horsted Keynes (6.25), both of whom shaped well on debut, are worthy of close attention in the two divisions of the one mile maiden.
12.20 Irish Jugger, 12.50 Small Fury, 1.20 Snooky (NAP), 1.50 Betzyoucan, 2.20 Rakticate, 2.50 Desert Creek, 3.20 Take Cover, 3.50 Italian Riviera.
4.25 Renegotiate, 4.55 Brandywell Boy, 5.25 Whozthecat, 5.55 Zeus Magic, 6.25 Horsted Keynes, 6.55 Misfer, 7.25 Ghur, 7.55 Santefisio.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Bangor and Exeter.
Today’s meetings: Huntington, Sedgefield, Lingfield.