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College Doll can prove hard to peg back in the 32Red Fillies' Handicap at Southwell and is the sportinglife.com tip of the day.
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College Doll - 17.00 Southwell
Ironically, I was never late for school. The idea of it made me nauseous, actually - bursting into a packed, silent classroom knowing full well the alphabetic register had long passed my spot is the one thing that could be relied upon to make me run.
Here on the internet I'm less concerned with tardiness albeit it's admittedly not a fine start to the day to have this selection with you a good hour or so after my esteemed colleagues. Hopefully it's a wait worth while.
So - I fancy College Doll to take some pegging back in the 1700 at Southwell.
Christine Dunnett's mare races from a few of pounds out of the handicap but that's not too much of a concern in this weak sprint handicap, especially in light of the opposition.
In relative terms, top-weight Ray Of Joy has a touch of class about her but even on this slow surface she's surely going to find it difficult to lay up with the pace - as is so important at Southwell - now dropped to the minimum trip. She's also best at Kempton and while she acts here it will be a poor reflection on the race is she can defy top weight.
Her other five rivals all have something to prove after a break although Take The Lead - who will race prominently - is at least a course winner albeit over six furlongs. She rates the danger having gone well fresh before but her last two runs were abysmal and aren't easily swept aside.
College Doll, on the other hand, has a compelling bank of recent form and has belied market expectations to finish fourth in both runs over course and distance.
The first of those came in a maiden when she was 33/1 and separated horses with marks in the 60s, while two starts ago she finished fourth in a race won by Caramelita, who followed up subsequently, while sixth-placed Dissent just got the better of my selection when the pair clashed at Wolverhampton last time.
Top lightweight Jimmy Quinn is booked to ride and I can see this five-year-old travelling well in front. The hope is she's able to sustain the effort to the line.