Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle thinks that Roy Bowring can provide a local winner of the final race on Southwell's card this afternoon.
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Ace Master - 5.20 Southwell
It's hard to believe that the three-day meeting at Aintree is quite literally around the corner but I will be hoping to boost my betting bank with an interest in the final race at Southwell.
Ironically with the turf Flat season getting into swing, not one event is being staged on the green stuff.
The card at the Nottinghamshire track looks very typical of the type that we have become accustomed to of late with a series of modest sellers and claimers and a couple of maiden events with decidedly skinny favourites to punt or oppose.
As a follower of the greyhounds, it's hard not to think of the 32Red Handicap (17:20) as being something of a BAGS race with better percentages.
All six runners have won previously at the course with two of them sporting the course and distance moniker.
Roy Bowring hit the target yesterday and he can visit the winners' enclosure again with ACE MASTER.
The five-year-old has been busy of late and much of his improvement can be put down to the application of headgear.
Last week, the gelding finished a highly creditable second to Elusive Hawk over six furlongs, with the ultra-consistent Desert Strike back in third.
The winner of that race has gone on to win a handicap off an 8lb higher mark and still looks capable of more so in retrospect, the handicapper could easily have made a case to put our selection up in the handicap without winning.
Mark Johnston's team have been prolific in recent days and Copperwood is sure to have his supporters.
He gave connections a lot of fun during 2012 with six victories over the calendar year and he wasn't too far behind Trois Vallees in a recent contest over a mile.
Hellbender has been a horse to avoid on the turf as his winless streak of 29 perfectly illustrates but he is a different animal entirely when tried on an artificial surface.
A winner at Kempton and Lingfield, he has two successes at Southwell to his name with the latest obtaining in a class six event in February.