MR STRUTTER (stall 4 of 13) could only finish in mid-division in a Class 5 amateur riders’ handicap at Leicester last time but he has yet to score above Class 6 level and his jockey had never ridden a winner.
He’s best judged on his close-up Newcastle second to Harry George the time before, a race that has been franked by the winner, third and fourth, who all won on their next starts. That run took his all-weather score to 0-13 but he’s yet to race at Southwell where his sire, Sir Prancealot, has a 4-20 record (20% strike-rate) for a small profit of £1.50 to a £1 level stake at SP. Those figures improve to 5-13 if we only consider those drawn in stalls 5 or lower (30.8%, +£8.50) and Mr Strutter can be backed in the Class 6 Betway Dash Handicap at the Nottinghamshire venue today (2.45). On turf, he’s won six of his 12 starts in Class 6 handicaps and if he improves for the switch to Fibresand, as his breeding suggests he could, then the current 8-1 looks far too big.
Mr Strutter – Southwell 2.45 (2pts win, 8-1 generally, including Bet365 and Paddy Power)