RACE PREVIEWS & TIPS (TUESDAY)

Southwell 15:10 Alpha Tauri has recorded all ten of his career victories here at Southwell, with seven of these coming over course and distance, however all wins off a mark in the 70’s have come in sellers and he hasn’t won off a mark this high since 2013. It would be foolish to dismiss him entirely but he’s probably playing for minor honours. Essenaitch is unbeaten in two over course and distance, beating the re-opposing Unnoticed and Alpha Tauri on penultimate run. He is another with place claims but needs to bounce back from a mediocre attempt in this class last time out. Custard The Dragon races for an in-form trainer who has won with seven of his last fourteen runners and his early favourite is also unbeaten over track and trip having won on all three previous visits here. One of these was a class 4 and he’s only gone up 4lbs from his last victory so looks sure to be involved at the business end. Vroom has made the frame in all five previous visits to Southwell, winning with some authority over today’s trip last time out. He has also gone up 4lbs but beat the third by almost four lengths, who won next time out, so there could yet be more to come on only his third attempt over this trip. Despite the favourite looking a big danger Vroom looks too big a price to pass up at early odds of around 13/2. Vroom (E/W if 9/2+) – NAP

Wetherby 16:30 This looks to be a competitive little contest with at least three or four who look capable of making their presence felt if arriving on a good day. Fill The Power hasn’t really fired this season but as a result is now 13lbs below his last winning mark and has placed in 50% of all runs over a three mile trip so is worthy of a mention. Suzy’s Music has winning form at Wetherby, has won a point-to-point and has placed over similar distances to what she encounters today. A couple of recent solid performances has meant an increase to a career high mark but the application of blinkers could help to eke out a little more improvement. Nicky Richards has a 37.5% winning strike rate with his chasers over the last two weeks and a 50% winning strike rate here at Wetherby over the last twelve months so his runner Scarlet Fire, a winner of two from three when last seen in the spring of 2015, could be a big danger if fully fit on return to competitive action. Sharney Sike finished ahead of both Oscar O’scar and Swing Hard when finishing second over course and distance last time out. He was beaten by 9 lengths but that was by a rival taking a big step down in class so with a 50% winning strike rate over similar distances to what he encounters today and being versatile with regards to ground conditions he looks to have a decent chance of going one better today. Sharney Sike (E/W if 9/2+)

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