Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rae’s flying filly ’Lilly set to bloom at Southwell

KICKINGTHELILLY is firmly in the |ascendancy and has what it takes to enliven a moderate Southwell card.

The Byron filly is hardly a strapping beast, but she has shown enough improvement on three racecourse outings to warrant plenty of respect here.

Her most significant display was last time out at Kempton, when she revelled in a step up to seven furlongs, having previously finished third over Wolverhampton’s six furlongs.

Kickingthelilly valiantly attempted to make all the running, but was denied by odds-on favourite Boudoir, who needed to fight all the way to score by just a short head.

Trainer Rae Guest will be most |unfortunate if there is a similarly sharp horse in this line-up.

Perhaps crucially, she is also in receipt of healthy chunks of weight from all five of her rivals in the Tickets At southwell-racecourse.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Arkaim must also be worth a look in the Download Blue Square iPhone App Handicap.

Pam Sly’s four-year-old has arguably been the victim of his own consistency, having slowly crept up the weights due to a nice series of performances over a mile. He is, however, an utterly likeable sort and can again be relied upon to give punters a major run for their money.

A ramp in distance should do Beneath the power of good at Wolverhampton. His trainer, Neil Mulholland, brings the versatile five-year-old back up to a mile and a half for the Sponsor A Race By Calling 01902 390000 Handicap.

Although his win-to-run ratio is poor – his only victory was in a Wolverhampton maiden nearly two years ago – Mulholland must surely fancy his chances of being able to exploit an all-weather rating of 55 over this trip.

Leyte Gulf has shown enough this winter for punters to take an interest in the Enjoy The Punters Package Group Offer Handicap.

It would be folly to underestimate Fortuna Rose in the EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices Hurdle at Wincanton.

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