Southwell may witness Neil Callan rising above foes for victory

Neil Callan is aiming on Havin’ A Good Time at Southwell tomorrow.

The Newmarket jockey teams up with the speedy three-year-old of the same name in the Game Is Up Handicap and Roger Varian’s filly is fancied to defy a hefty 12lb hike in her rating.

The handicapper has taken his revenge on Havin’ A Good Time, following her decisive five-length success over this course and distance three weeks ago when she was head and shoulders above her rivals.

Winner of three of her six races, Havin’ A Good Time is a progressive sprinter. There is surely more to come from her and, despite her elevation in the handicap, she can carry Callan to another victory in this five-furlong dash.

Lilac Lace can bloom for Tim Easterby in the Like Us On Facebook Southwell Racecourse Maiden Stakes.

Placed in all her three races, Lilac Lace finished third over five furlongs on this course on her latest start. But she had previously proved effective over tomorrow’s distance of seven furlongs in her previous two races. She is napped to open her winning account in the hands of Paul Quinn.

Layla’s Boy may prove the answer to the Download Our IPhone App Handicap.

Trained near Uttoxeter by John Mackie, who does well with his small dual-purpose string, Layla’s Boy has been running creditably at Wolverhampton lately, finishing in the frame on his last two starts.

He is a previous winner here at Southwell and this event looks within his scope.

David O’Meara drops Equitania in class in the Book Seasons Restaurant At Southwell Racecourse Claiming Stakes.

The juvenile filly was not beaten far at Windsor on her last start. She looks capable of coping with this event, provided she is effective on the Fibresand.

At Kempton’s twilight fixture, Paul Hanagan has good prospects of making it third-time-lucky on Thakana in the 32Red Casino Maiden Fillies’ Maiden Stakes.

Trained by Marcus Tregoning and owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Hanagan’s boss, the juvenile finished second at Leicester on her debut and, after being sent off favourite next time at Lingfield, finished fourth after failing to get the run of the race before staying on late in the day.

The step up from seven furlongs to a mile should suit Thakana and, provided none of the newcomers in the field are above average, she ought to make a bold bid.

Exotic Isle won on this course last time on only her second outing.

Trainer Ralph Beckett has chosen to bring her back for a tilt at the 32Red Nursery.

This is her handicap bow and she does not look overburdened. She is taken to complete a double.

Arley Hall, a winner at Redcar recently, was claimed out of Richard Fahey’s Malton yard and moved to Norton to join Brian Ellison, who runs his new recruit in similar company in the opening race at Kempton.

The three-year-old is largely unproven on an all-weather surface – she has had only one outing on it – but she is clearly in good heart and is entitled to plenty of respect.

RACING selections

Southwell (tomorrow)
12.20 Haajes, 12.50 Equitania, 1.20 Lilac Lace (NAP), 1.50 Keep It Dark, 2.20 Havin’ A Good Time, 2.50 Layla’s Boy, 3.20 Corporal Maddox, 3.50 Scarlet Rocks.

Kempton (tomorrow)
4.25 Arley Hall, 4.55 Kalokagathia, 5.25 Thakana, 5.55 Centred, 6.25 Lean On Pete, 6.55 Exotic Isle, 7.25 Deerwentwater, 7.55 Atlantis Crossing.

Tomorrow’s other meetings: Ludlow and Taunton.

Today’s meetings: Bangor, Exeter, Kempton and Southwell.

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