Brass to shine at Southwell
The return to six furlongs should do for Fortinbrass when he takes in the Daily Price Boosts At Unibet Handicap at Southwell today.
John Balding's five-year-old is hardly prolific - he has not won since December 2013, to be precise - but recent performances tend to suggest he can win a small race of this nature.
The gelded son of Baltic King was not beaten too far in three tries at Wolverhampton in the autumn, after which he was sent into action over seven furlongs at Southwell on December 8.
Fortinbrass was the subject of a mini-gamble at the Nottinghamshire circuit, but the money went west as he could only finish third as the 7-2 favourite.
That was, however, another step in the right direction as he only ran out of juice inside the final furlong, eventually losing out by a length and three-quarters.
Balding has made the logical decision to revert to six furlongs back at Southwell, which should suit him very nicely indeed as his four career wins to date came at that distance.
His strike-rate is obviously a little off-putting, but this is not a good race, while the appointment of Luke Morris is a decent piece of business.
Twin Appeal can be trusted to run his race in the Bet Now With The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
The David Barron-trained four-year-old was a fine third in a better race than this over course and distance earlier in the month and showed up especially well as he was drawn very wide.
Twin Appeal runs here off the same mark and should be respected if he can transfer his decent turf form across to the Fibresand.
John Coffey can initiate a Wolverhampton double for Mick Appleby.
The six-year-old runs the gauntlet in division one of the Coral Casino Handicap with confidence restored after he overcame a bad run of form to finish a close second over course and distance in November.
Appleby's gelded son of Acclamation should really have won on his last start, too, as he was badly pinched for room inside the final furlong before he got going again late in the piece.
John Coffey has gone up 2lb for his return to Dunstall Park, but that is hardly the end of the world. Appleby can hit the mark 30 minutes later when Mops Angel runs in division two.
A Wolverhampton winner in January off a 1lb higher mark, the four-year-old filly was a little too feisty for her own good over eight and a half furlongs at this track on December but still finished third.
Appleby has, significantly, reached for the cheekpieces for Mops Angel, which should help her settle a little better.
CLONMEL: 12.50 Bello Conti, 1.15 Vroum Vroum Mag, 1.50 Sizing Silver, 2.20 A Toi Phil, 2.50 Shannak, 3.20 Venitien De Mai, 3.50 Swantykay.
SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Berkshire Beauty, 1.00 Royal Holiday, 1.30 Twin Appeal, 2.00 Carolinae, 2.30 Dragoon Guard, 3.00 Dark Diamond, 3.30 FORTINBRASS (NAP).
WOLVERHAMPTON: 12.40 Doctor Parkes, 1.10 Madame Barker, 1.40 Always Welcome, 2.10 Go On Go On Go On, 2.40 John Coffey, 3.10 Mops Angel, 3.40 Horseguardsparade, 4.10 Jumbo Prado.
DOUBLE: Fortinbrass and John Coffey.