Hat-trick beckons for Stow
Nick Robson provides a tip for every race on Tuesday and fancies Stow to relish conditions at Leicester.
- Related Content
SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Summerfree, 1.00 Jawaab, 1.35 Yeah Baby, 2.10 Aarbian Flight, 2.40 Limon Squeezy, 3.15 Moss Hill, 3.45 Tijuca.
LEICESTER: 12.45 Milo Man, 1.15 STOW (NAP), 1.50 Muldoon's Picnic, 2.25 Lord Landen, 2.55 Rasheed, 3.30 Santo Thomas.
DOUBLE: Stow and Santo Thomas.
Stow can rattle off a quickfire hat-trick in the Dove Selling Hurdle at Leicester after wins on this track and at Fakenham in the last week or so.
The nine-year-old, trained by Michael Blake, revels in testing conditions and is useful in this grade.
Stow was a decent staying hurdler when with Venetia Williams, having a career-high rating of 128, albeit in April 2011, and is still capable of winning races as he has shown this season.
Williams is in simply irresistible form at present and can notch another winner with Santo Thomas in the Chieftain Handicap Hurdle.
The French import, like a lot of Williams' string, absolutely loves it when the mud is flying.
He won at Towcester on his only start last season and two defeats during this campaign mean he is now back to his last successful mark of 107.
Second last time out at Ffos Las, he was no match for the impressive winner Act Of Kalanisi but is a very good horse on his day.
Trainer Evan Williams has very high hopes for Milo Man, who can rack up another victory before being stepped up in class.
A 25-length winner of a Taunton bumper, he then found the Cheltenham experience all too much at that stage of his career in March.
Having strengthened up over the summer, Williams sent him all the way up to Carlisle for his hurdling debut where he was a cut above his rivals on heavy ground.
He looks in a different league to the vast majority of the other runners in the Nomad Novices' Hurdle.
The days of Mick Appleby's horses going off overpriced are long gone, but it is still worth following Arabian Flight in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell on Tuesday.
Winner of two of her last three races, there is every chance there is even more to come with the yard in such good form.
She won over seven furlongs at Kempton in October off 54 but was only fourth at Wolverhampton off 6lb higher.
Appleby then gave her a break and reported after she won on her comeback at Southwell last month that Arabian Flight needed the run.
Taking that into account, and given the way she stuck on gamely, this step back up to a mile threatens to offset another 3lb rise.
The mare is now rated higher than at any other point in her life but hailing from a yard who have been banging in winners of late, she is taken to continue her improvement.
Charlie Hills does not keep many of his string on the go through the winter for the all-weather but those that are in action are always worth a second glance.
Only four go to post for the 32Red Handicap and his four-race maiden Yeah Baby is top weight, which looks harsh on the face of it off his mark of 72.
Given two of Yeah Baby's runs came at Newmarket and Newbury he has obviously shown Hills a bit on the gallops at home.
Only 2lb separate all four runners but Hills' charge has more scope for improvement than the rest.
Anything Adam Kirby rides at the moment is worth noting and he has been booked by Mike Murphy for Limon Squeezy in the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes.
Her two runs to date have hardly marked her down as a surefire future winner but none of her rivals fall into the bracket, either.
Kirby has not been on board for either of those two previous appearances but the rate at he is racking up the winners during recent months suggest his agent must be doing something right and finding horses like this are what makes the difference.
Noted staying on into fourth over seven furlongs last time out, the Royal Applause mare has more scope to improve than most.
Kirby also holds strong claims on Jawaab in the 32Red.com Handicap.
Phil Kirby's veteran has been in consistent form of late, which is more than can be said for most of his rivals.