Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Southwell is back in racing fold

Southwell throw open their doors tomorrow for the first time since the course was decimated by the depressing floods of June.

There is seldom a rush to attend their all-weather meetings in deepest mid-winter.

But such was Mother Nature's brutal destruction of the track, an ordinary card in Nottinghamshire is likely to be greeted by local racegoers with enthusiasm usually afforded on the Epsom Derby.

The collective mindset of punters will be even jollier if Quiet Times sticks to his end of the deal in the Pontin's Book Early And Save Selling Stakes.

This six-furlong heat is hardly a vintage affair but Kevin Ryan's course specialist is in good enough nick to oblige in the trusty hands of Neil Callan.

Quiet Times is a dab-hand when it comes to winning races on the sand and has landed the spoils at Southwell six times.

Ryan's eight-year-old is not one to trust implicitly - he refused to race at Wolverhampton in April - but is far superior than his rivals in terms of assessing the ratings and studying the formbook.

Previously victorious off a mark of 95, it would be a pity if Quiet Times does not run his race having finished a game second at Kempton last month.

Steve Gollings does a fine job with a limited bunch of thoroughbreds and can strike again with King's Ransom.

The four-year-old appears well treated off a mark of 60 for the Southwell Golf Club Handicap, having previously done the business off 4lb higher at Lingfield in January.

King's Ransom also gave an insight that he may be coming back to hand at Wolverhampton after staying on for second behind Confidentiality, who has now won five races on the spin.

A simple replication of that effort should see him home and hosed for a third time in his career.

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