The eight runners in this straight five furlong class five sprint. There's only one known front runner: Spic n Span who won over course and distance the time before last and comes out joint third on my ratings and is the 7/2 favourite. China Excels is the other joint third rated but really needs another furlong to show its best but will be finishing strongly. Both of my top two: Lord Buffhead and Cadeaux Pearl are either held up or can track the leaders. I'm hoping the selection
and top rated CADEAUX PEARL can get a decent early position and finish the strongest. Most of its recent runs have been in slightly better class but today it drops to a grade where it's the top weight so should be better class than the others and I think the 9/2 is a decent price for its chance.
5:05 Southwell - Another eight runner race and there are three likely leaders: Clubland, who has only produced slow times so doubt its fortunes will change in this race, Pull The Pin, who is my joint second top rated and drawn nearest to the rails of the front runners, the third likely pace maker is PRINCE OF PASSION, who is only drawn two stalls wider in stall six and can either lead or track the leaders so could lead or if not sit in second place and prove the stronger close home. The other joint second top rated is Interchoice Star who usually tracks the leaders and will be trying to finish strongly to make the frame.
SUMMARY: 2.20 Southwell - I'm hoping the drop in class works the oracle for CADEUX PEARL 9/2 and it can prove the strongest against slightly lesser horses. 5:05 Southwell - I think the selection PRINCE OF PASSION can either lead or sit very close to the pace and it will stay all the way to the line and at 12/1 is worth an each way bet.