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By Nick Robson

Published 16/02/2016

Westwood Hoe ended 2015 in great form but has recently turned in some lacklustre performances (stock photo)
Westwood Hoe ended 2015 in great form but has recently turned in some lacklustre performances (stock photo)

Westwood Hoe can bounce back from a couple of below-par runs in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell today.

Tony Coyle's five-year-old had been in great form at the end of 2015, winning at Doncaster and on Southwell's Fibresand.

He was put up 5lb for the first success and only 2lb for the second, yet he appeared lacklustre when six lengths behind the reopposing Philba.

A fortnight later he was out again and finished only mid-division behind Forceful Appeal and he has only been dropped 1lb for that.

It is quite easy to forgive him for that run, though, as it was over a mile and he is obviously much better at this trip of seven furlongs. He meets Philba on much better terms and is still quite unexposed on this surface so is given one more chance to prove he still has more to offer.

Julia Feilden's Kemsing laughed at a mark of 55 when winning at the track last month and there is every chance an extra 7lb will not be enough to stop him in the 32Red Handicap.

Having won at Southwell in December off a mark of 50, it looked a flash in the pan when he was a beaten favourite a month later, albeit only narrowly.

Last time out, though, he looked a horse on a steep upward curve as he cruised to victory, looking good value for the winning margin and he can follow up here.

Ralph Beckett's Rain In The Face has earned a handicap mark of 73 which if correct should enable him to win the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes at Southwell. Unplaced in two runs as a juvenile, he was beaten just a head at this track last month.

The only other to have run, Richard Fahey's Hutton, could put up a good fight, although he failed to progress from a good debut run.

Ubaltique looked a reformed character when absolutely bolting up last time out for the resurgent Donald McCain and he can follow up in the Dawn Homes Perceton Handicap Chase at Ayr.

He has never quite hit the heights he once looked like reaching as a young horse but facing another half a mile this time, it should be within his reach.

If Bold Sir Brian is ever going to return to winning ways it will be in the Dawn Homes Part Exchange Handicap Hurdle at Ayr.

The 10-year-old was once a very promising chaser for Lucinda Russell but a series of bad falls knocked his confidence. At his best he was rated 155, which shows the class edge he has on his rivals at Ayr.

SELECTIONS: AYR: 2.20 Molly Milan, 2.55 Lovefromabove, 3.30 Bold Sir Brian, 4.05 Clan Chief, 4.40 Ubaltique, 5.10 Paper Roses.

SOUTHWELL: 2.00 Hab Reeh, 2.35 KEMSING (NAP), 3.05 Red Unico, 3.40 Westwood Hoe, 4.15 Rain In The Face, 4.50 Kelly's Finest.

DOUBLE: Kemsing and Westwood Hoe.

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