Move to back Du Vent

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 15:29 GMT

Ben Coley picks out his best bets for the day and has a selection for the cards at Southwell and Wolverhampton.

Tom George: Trains Terre Du Vent

Terre Du Vent looks worth once more chance when she lines up in maiden company at Southwell today.

A smart stayer on the flat when trained in France, she was in the process of running a fine race when falling on her UK debut in the Dovecote Hurdle at around this time last year, before being thrown in at the deep end and running accordingly in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle.

Her reputation, flat form and that run at Kempton saw her sent off at odds-on for her return to action at Fakenham this season and there's no denying she was very disappointing, with Paddy Brennan forced to pull her up before the last.

However, she bounced back with a much improved display on her first start of 2013 a fortnight ago, finishing fourth at Doncaster in a race won by subsequent Sandown winner Utopie Des Bordes.

That form alone makes her the one to beat in this company, even if her official BHA mark of 114 doesn't exactly set the bar high for those in the race with potential to improve.

However, this is definitely a drop in class from Doncaster and it's to be hoped that with confidence boosted by a first completion in the UK, she can fulfil the promise shown at Kempton.

I wouldn't want to back her at a very short price again but Tom George's mare trades at over 2/1 at the time of writing, which could prove generous.

Over at Wolverhampton, Movementneverlies has attracted some early support and she certainly ran a race full of promise when beaten a head on her debut.

With improvement likely and trainer Charlie Hills having enjoyed a good start to the year, she's worth backing at around 6/4 in a race which looks to involve just three.

One of those is a debutant who has been weak in the betting this morning, so perhaps the only viable threat is Scent Of Roses, who makes her debut for Clive Cox having formerly been trained by Dermot Weld.

The form of her debut at Cork makes Scent Of Roses the one to beat but a 232-day absence, switch in stables and first run on an artificial surface raise questions and in what could be a match, I'll take the recent form of Movementneverlies instead.


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