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Thursday 14 December 2017

Hiatt's Mazij looks one to Follow at Southwell

Mazij was unlucky to run into an unexposed and well-handicapped rival last time but compensation awaits at Southwell.

The four-year-old has done herself proud on the all-weather circuit over the winter, winning three times in November and December last year before adding a further two placed efforts so far since the turn of the year.

Her three wins all came over 12 furlongs, with Peter Hiatt's charge twice gaining the day at Wolverhampton before demonstrating she is just as capable on Southwell's Fibresand surface.

Those victories saw her leap up the handicap from a mark of 59 to 72 but she races off 77 here as two subsequent placed runs have further augmented her profile.

Mazij is certainly a consistent performer and having shown she can deal with the demands of Southwell before, she is a clear pick in the Follow Southwell On Twitter Handicap.

Colour Guard did himself few favours at this track on his handicap bow last week, but he can redeem himself in the Ladbrokes Apprentice Handicap.

Mark Johnston's runner blew what chance he had at the start, breaking awkwardly and racing green throughout before staying on at the death to claim fourth.

Colour Guard is obviously better than that effort and can offer some consolation for his supporters this time.

Esytopolishadimond makes the long trip from Ireland for Kempton's 32RedBet.com Handicap and he merits close inspection.

Brouhaha finished sixth behind the aforementioned Queen Of Denmark and Mazij last time, but his day can come in the 32Red Handicap.

He ran a solid race in defeat to finish just under six lengths adrift, particularly as he did not enjoy the best of runs that day.

Decimate is an eyecatching contender as he returns from a lengthy lay-off in the seven-furlong 32Red.com Handicap.

Cootehill has been the subject of some glowing gallops reports and must be considered for the Forbra Gold Challenge Cup at Ludlow.

Guards Chapel returns over obstacles in Taunton's Carlsberg UK Handicap Hurdle after a spell on the level and should be fresh for the task.

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