BEST OF THE REST

15:45 Fairyhouse

Over in Ireland we have two cards this Saturday and I find myself opting to head to Fairyhouse.

In the last race of the meeting we're greated with a solid looking National Hunt Flat race where I hope experience will count for alot with the racecourse experience that Ted Hastings already has helping to see him come out on top.

Of course, given the horses connections, the unraced Klarc Kent demands upmost respect especially with his yard in such blistering form but as he makes his debut he still has a plethora of questions to answer where as Gordon Elliott's has a promising run already in the bank. The for of Ted Hastings' third last time looks very solid form with the second going on to place in a hot race at Cheltenham and the sixth placed horse going on to claim back to back hurdles victories.

If the race were to be run based on form alone Ted Hastings should take all the beating and although I'm not naive enough to think that other factors don't play a part it's hard to ignore what we've seen so far.

TED HASTINGS (WIN)




16:30 Southwell

Another final race on its respective card sees an ultra competitive sprint take place on the all-weather at Souhtwell.

Over the minimum trip we see a few former course victors however with the new surface now in place at the Midlands venue we're not so sure how relevant former course form now is.

Although siding with a horse with a proven track record on an aritifical surface is a distinct positive I do find myself siding with a runner who finished stone last when last seen on the all-weather. That run at Wolverhampton looked too bad to be true for Son And Sannie and I'm hoping for much better this time around. He can be forgiven that run over six furlongs and this return to a shorter distance is bound to suit. He hasn't tasted success in well over a year but has produced some solid placed performances throughout 2021. With 8lbs less weight on his back since his latest victory the handicapper also provides him with a chance and at a generous double figure price I'm hoping we see his best performance for new trainer Archie Watson.


SON AND SANNIE (E/W)





written by Rory Paddock