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Monday 18 December 2017

Spartan effort at Southwell can see Spencer succeed

JAMIE Spencer has a fantastic record when teaming up with Ian Williams in the early months of 2012, which makes Spartan King an eyecatching proposition in the Play Golf Before Racing At Southwell Handicap.

Spencer and Williams are combining for a strike-rate over 30pc at present and while that is unlikely to last forever, it is certainly worth noting when they get together on the all-weather.

Spartan King is no world-beater but this is the first time the former champion jockey has been in the saddle, and he runs off the same mark that saw him go down only narrowly on his first run at Southwell last week.

La Estrella returns to his favourite haunt for the Dine In The Pantry Claiming Stakes. Don Cantillon's nine-year-old has won 18 of his 50 races and while most have been in claiming company, his fragile legs have meant he has stayed where he is.

He is not favoured by the weights against Richard Fahey's Halla San but while that rival appears to be on the downgrade, La Estrella's rating is creeping back up again.

John Gosden's Cotton Trader appears to have a penalty kick in the southwell-racecourse.co.uk Maiden Stakes.

Ingleby Arch is not as good as he was but should still have the ability to win the Place Only Betting At bluesq.com Selling Stakes.

Sherwani Wolf has chased home two well above-average sorts in his chasing career to date and can benefit from those experiences in the wetherbyracing.co.uk Novices’ Chase.

Mac Aeda will pay his way over fences for Malcolm Jefferson and can get back to winning ways in the Yorkshire Post Ladies Day – 24th May Handicap Chase.

But for a mistake at the last, Dare Me would have been closer on his return from a long lay-off last month and can make amends in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Hurdle at Taunton. He looked a smart prospect a couple of years ago.

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