Tip of the day: Drewe conclusions
Ben Linfoot heads to Southwell for the tip of the day with one of Anthony Honeyball's fancied at the track.
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Just a further 3.8mm of rain fell overnight at Southwell so racing is on, with the ground heavy (soft in places) ahead of this afternoon's National Hunt card.
AP McCoy travels to the Midlands track for just one ride aboard Morestead in the opener, but he'll have to show plenty of toughness (horse, not jockey) if he's to prevail after a hard race at Fontwell on Boxing Day.
Recovery time, or lack of, is a theme I'm keen on today as the market leaders in the Cheltenham Ante Post Betting At totepool.com Handicap Hurdle battled hard when separated by just a nose in heavy ground at Taunton seven days ago.
The Happy Warrior got the better of Superciliary that day and is weighted to confirm the form, though both may have to give way to the fresher legs of Taradrewe who is an interesting runner for Anthony Honeyball.
While the majority of the field are an exposed bunch, Taradrewe has had just eight runs in her life, including only the one effort in a handicap, and bits and pieces of her form hint she might be fairly treated off a mark of 96.
Last time, on handicap debut, she was badly hampered early on before making good headway in the middle part of the race. In the end she weakened into eighth, but she was sent off favourite that afternoon and showed enough to suggest the market confidence wasn't misplaced.
Prior to that run at Uttoxeter she was third in a maiden hurdle at Fontwell, while on just her second start she was fourth in a listed bumper won by Call Me A Star.
Though unraced on heavy ground she is by Kayf Tara and that gives hope she will be fine on the surface given plenty of his progeny are, while Aidan Coleman replaces 3lb claimer Rachael Green in the saddle.
Bryan Cooper has his first big ride as number one jockey for Gigginstown Stud in the race, with Toner D'Oudaries his choice of mount.
However, Gordon Elliott's charge does have a habit of finding a way to lose and the Gigginstown number two, ridden by former number one, Davy Russell, could be the one to beat him today.
Make A Track loves heavy ground, goes well at Thurles and the form of his latest win was boosted on Saturday when the runner-up Castle Wings hosed up at Cork.