The four-year-old had indicated that a slow surface was paramount when a respectable fourth on soft going at Redcar and the switch to the Rolleston venue worked a treat in mid-December. Related to Fibresand winners, he travelled sweetly throughout upped to 7f and left the well-backed favourite Swansway (scored since) trailing by a facile six lengths.
Macho Mac clocked a solid time in victory and looks more than capable of handling the handicapper’s attention on this step up in class.
PANCAKE DAY (Southwell, nb, 12.40) is a three-time Southwell victor back on a winning mark. The selection is hardly prolific but knows how to win and is better than shown at Newcastle 23 days ago when throwing the towel in and finishing last.
Monday’s race is competitive but, back at his favourite venue with a top speed rating, Pancake Day can show what he is made of returned to 6f.
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