The surface here at Southwell is very unique so finding a horse who’s gone well at this venue previously proves to be a massive positive and the Mick Appleby trained Thrave ticks the right boxes.
A former course and distance winner who’s only ever finished out of the top three once in all five of his all-weather starts to date should be hard to pass, especially now he drops down into Class 6 company. Now at this level, from an in-form yard and with a promising amateur jockey on board it’s difficult to look elsewhere.
Former course victor Al Suil Eile seems one of the most likely threats to my selection, as does Defence Treaty who claimed a recent second placed finish over a mile here two weeks back. Both are capable of success but look unlikely to trouble the market leader.
written by Beth Harrison