Top tipster Andrew Mount was among the winners at Newcastle yesterday with Tathmeen (9-4 from 7-2) and he has two selections on Southwell's all-weather card
I’m a big fan of Nigel Nott who didn’t aid his cause by challenging up the inner when scoring narrowly at Lingfield last time but I don’t see the sense in running him in the 6f Betway Handicap (3.50) at Southwell today as his sire, Dutch Art, is just one from 60 on Fibresand (the sole success came from a 7-4 shot back in 2016). He was trading at around the 3-1 mark at the time of writing and that has created value elsewhere, with SANDRIDGE LAD the obvious alternative. Like many progeny of Equiano, his form took off when he turned four and he’s three from three over course and distance this year. Third favourite Zylan could also be vulnerable in this Class 3 contest, as he’s 0-8 above Class 4 level, while stall 1 makes life difficult for Katheefa. The only other runner, Samovar, is best at the minimum trip (he benefitted from a strong tailwind when recording a narrow course and distance success in December).
VELVET VISION has done well since leaving Mark Tompkins, looking unlucky at Wolverhampton in the first of two starts for Ilka Gansera-Leveque and winning both starts for current trainer Mike Murphy. The first win came over a mile at Southwell, despite racing towards the inside, and the other at Chelmsford where she quickened nicely off a slow pace and scored with more in hand than the half-length margin suggests. She’s gone up 5lb to a mark of 68 but was rated as high as 75 when with Tompkins and can complete her hat-trick in the Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap (4.20).
ANDREW MOUNTS BEST BETS
Sandridge Lad 2pts win (3.50 Southwell) 5/2 bet265
Velvet Vision 1.5pts win (4.20 Southwell) 100/30 bet365
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