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Sunday 20 August 2017

O'Meara intent on Makin A Statment at Southwell

Trainer David O'Meara's G Force is a confident selection for the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown
Trainer David O'Meara's G Force is a confident selection for the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown

David O'Meara appears to have his string in good order and it will be interesting to see whether Makin A Statement can make a successful start for the yard in the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Southwell.

The Nawton handler got the turf season off to a flyer with a winner at Doncaster on Saturday, while numerous other horses proved themselves in good heart in defeat.

Makin A Statement showed only fair form as a juvenile for fellow Yorkshire-based trainer John Quinn, with a close third at Newcastle sandwiched between less-inspiring efforts at Nottingham and Catterick.

However, O'Meara has a knack of squeezing improvement out of new recruits and this gelded three-year-old does not need to raise his game too much to win what is a fairly weak affair.

Coiste Bodhar won with something to spare on his latest visit to the track and a small rise is unlikely to stop him following up in the Daily Enhanced "Magic Multiples" At Unibet Handicap.

Scott Dixon's four-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign in 2014, with three victories supplemented by a few placed placed efforts.

He seems to be thriving on his racing judged on his latest triumph and is well up to defying a 4lb hike in the hands of the underrated Luke Morris.

A few in-form stayers contest the 32Red Handicap, including the Neil King-trained Conserve.

The five-year-old has run plenty of good races in defeat in races over a distances of up to a mile and a half, but a step up to an extended two miles around Wolverhampton a week ago saw her take her game to another level as she fairly bolted up.

IBorguy was no match for a classy rival at Huntingdon last time, but he should be far happier with his lot at Exeter.

Jamie Snowden's five-year-old was well beaten by Masterful Act, though he was well on top of the rest of the field and should appreciate the longer trip in the 100 Per Cent Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Hurdle.

Ultimatum Du Roy has not been too severely punished for a brave victory at Market Rasen earlier this month and has always done well at Huntingdon in the past. To that end, Alex Hales' seven-year-old can be relied upon to go well in the 32Red.com Handicap Chase.

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