RACE PREVIEWS & TIPS (MONDAY)

14:00 Southwell This hinges entirely on how much ability Pearl Nation retains and how fit he is today, having been off the track since flopping badly at Chelmsford last April. Often hit and miss he couldn’t be relied upon entirely but as a dual winner in Class2 company here, he really ought to take advantage of what is a massive drop in grade. Retrieve has been off for almost 2 years and is another with obvious questions hanging over him, good enough to win a Listed race at Newmarket in 2012 he also went on to win a Listed Musselburgh hurdle before injury struck. From the in form Jamie Osborne yard its hard to envisage him not going off favourite but it is worrying he’s been sent here and it would be brave to pile on him at short odds. Vivat Rex has form figures of 1 1 3 here and could upset the aforementioned pair, he has hardly been pulling up trees lately however and an each way price would be needed. Regarde Moi is interesting given he was such a prolific winner in his native Italy (21 wins) he has been a little disappointing in two claimers here though and would need to improve a fair bit to win. The rest are impossible to fancy and so with the two class2 victories in mind, a chance will be taken on Pearl Nation being fit enough to upset Retrieve. PEARL NATION (WIN)

15:40 Southwell Satchville Flyer probably ran better than his finishing position (6th, over 6f) suggested here last time as a few of them rivals were in good form and he was making good headway at the death. With an extra furlong today he should have this run to suit and is selected to nail them all late in the day. Cadeaux Pearl hasn’t tasted victory since 2015 though that success was here and he ran well enough when just chinned over 6f here the last day. Scott Dixons challenger is likely to adopt the front running tactics today and he should be playing a part, quite whether he will hang on is open to debate but he is respected as having a favourites chance. Clever Divya caused a massive upset when winning here over 6f last month at 50/1, before that she had shown very little so today will likely silence or strengthen the idea of that being a fluke. Arcanista has shown enough to suggest she can win a race and is in the care of Richard Hughes. Should she be heavily backed she would make massive appeal, she does have to prove her effectiveness for this surface however and is passed over as such. Limerick Lord has won here and will probably be running on at the end, his mark makes him a player but the trip looks a little short. Trust Me Boy won this last season off a 1lb higher mark, since then he’s flopped on too many occasions to consider for win purposes but he too has chances if on song. Secret Glance is another with a big claim and his 3rd here last time offered encouragement, the presence of fellow front runners is a little off putting however and there will be easier tasks. SATCHVILLE FLYER (EW if 9/2+) – NAP

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