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Southfield Vic can enjoy a victory parade over fences

by Anita Chambers

Southfield Vic is worth support as he has his first start over fences in the Weatherbys Hamilton Beginners' Chase at Fakenham today.

A four-times winner over hurdles last term, trainer Paul Nicholls made no secret of the fact he expected him to excel over fences in due course.

Last seen when finishing a distant third in a Sandown Listed heat in April, Southfield Vic was probably just feeling the effects of a busy campaign as he was beaten 11 lengths that day.

His half-brother, Southfield Theate, has proved more than capable over fences and there is every hope Southfield Vic can follow his example.

Carhue Princess finished third over hurdles on her reappearance but should find the Weatherbys Bank Mares' Handicap Chase a more suitable task.

Tom Symonds' charge should strip fitter for that Towcester outing here and makes plenty of appeal back over the bigger obstacles.

Yes I Did can star in the Southwell 2016 On-Line Ticket Discount Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Nottinghamshire venue.

Dan Skelton's charge is a point-to-point winner so while she is making her debut over obstacles here, there are few concerns about her jumping. Placed in each of three bumper starts, she clearly has ability and this looks a nice starting point.

Starlit Cantata relishes the test of 10 furlongs at Lingfield and must rate a live contender in the Coral Handicap from the bottom of the weights.

Eve Johnson Houghton's four-year-old is rated 11lb inferior to top weight Mythical Madness but the fact each of her four career victories has come over this course and distance makes her a leading hope.

Starlit Cantata first struck gold here in June 2014, when she raced off a mark of 68 and two more subsequent wins saw her line-up off a perch of 77 on her most recent outing last month.

While not contesting the strongest of events, Starlit Cantata deserved plenty of credit for her gutsy head success and while a subsequent 3lb rise tempers enthusiasm a little, she is in form and under her favourite conditions.

Evening Attire has dropped down the handicap a little of late but is now on an attractive mark in the Download The New Unibet Racing App Handicap.

He may not have won for over two years now, but the four-year-old remains capable of putting up a good show, as he proved when going down by just a length on his latest outing at Windsor.

The Pastoral Pursuits gelding was a conditions winner on the all weather a couple of seasons ago and seemingly thrives on the artificial surfaces as he has won or been placed on each of his five starts. That obviously means his rating is a touch higher in this sphere but, nevertheless, he has every chance for William Stone.

Afnaan hails from the great family of Nashwan, Nayef and Unfuwain making him a notable newcomer in the first division of the 32Red/Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes.

Saeed bin Suroor's charge holds a Derby entry and if he is to realise those kind of ambitions next year, he should be winning this kind of race.


FAKENHAM: 1.05 Perennial, 1.40 Carhue Princess, 2.10 Carobello, 2.45 SOUTHFIELD VIC (NAP), 3.15 Oscar Jane, 3.45 Vicky's Charm.

LINGFIELD: 11.40 Annie Salts, 12.10 Afnaan, 12.40 Final Choice, 1.15 Evening Attire, 1.50 Starlit Cantata, 2.20 Chevise, 2.55 New Rich, 3.25 Oakley Star.

SOUTHWELL: 12.25 Dixie Bull, 12.55 Capard King, 1.30 Crosspark, 2.00 Theredballoon, 2.35 Florrie Boy, 3.05 Yes I Did, 3.35 Ballyhill.

DOUBLE: Southfield Vic and Yes I Did.

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