track-bia14s-diary-v2ACCLAIM THE NATION was a five-furlong Class 3 winner last month on his first visit to Southwell and can score over the same trip and track in the Class 4 Betway Sprint Handicap this afternoon (1.20).

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The Eric Alston-trained six-year-old made all in a field of 13 runners that day and faces just seven rivals here. He has yet to win around a turn but his handicap record on straight courses stands at 6164132091 (3-10), improving to 1321 (2-4) on fast turf or Fibresand since fitted with cheekpieces.

TAN, backed from the early 8-1 into 9-2 when comfortably making all from a poor wide draw at Lingfield last time, now has form figures of 1171 (3-4) over the six-furlong trip for current trainer Mick Appleby, with the defeat excusable as he blasted off into the headwind at Yarmouth last September. He handles Fibresand and could be hard to catch in the Betway Handicap (2.25).

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Acclaim The Nation – Southwell 1.20 (1.5pts win, 7-2 generally)

Tan – Southwell 2.25 (1pt win, 7-2 Skybet, BetVictor)

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