We don’t have to wait long to see our bet of the day line up in the stalls at Southwell. The second contest on the card sees a group of lightly raced novices aim to show their worth and it’s going to take a hell of a lot for Hanati not to make it back to back victories. It’s interesting to note that Luke Morris doesn’t often ride for trainer Simon Crisford with only three occasions that the pairing has been seen in action. Two of those times were involving Hanati which produced a win and a 2nd. They have a 33% strike rate as a jockey and trainer partnership and this promising youngster seems to possess a tonne of tools that his rivals simply do not have at their disposal. An abundance of potential that was shown to full effect when putting returning rival Kadiz in her place. The likelihood of the form being reversed looks to be slim to none and slim’s just left town!
Top weight Point Zero is the proverbial bridesmaid so a win out of him looks less than likely.
A drop in trip for Bawtry Lady will likely suit but she certainly isn’t up to this level and the only possible alternative is the lightly tried Mayfair Rock who could throw down a challenge if blinkers spark some form of improvement.
Not likely to be the biggest price but Hanati’s connections are likely to see this as a stepping stone before bigger and better things await.