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Monday 11 December 2017

Time and Place is set for Southwell showdown

Richard Fahey has started banging in the winners again on a regular basis and Time And Place looks sure to give a good account of himself in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell.

Having been relatively quiet for a stable of his size through December and January, he has sprung back into life this month with a strike-rate hovering around 25 per cent.

Time And Place is lightly-raced for a five-year-old having had just 12 starts, but he is now on a career-high mark with the prospect of more to come.

Since pulling up with an injury at York in June he has been second on his next two outings.

He returned to action at Kempton in December and was narrowly beaten and may have won and he not hung close home.

Put up 2lb for that he ran another screamer last time out late last month on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton, when second again to the prolific scorer Rich Again.

That proved that he does not have to be fresh to run his best as there had been a suspicion that was the case.

He has gone up another 2lb but is in good heart so the only question mark is his ability to handle the Fibresand and we will not know the answer to that until he runs.

Fahey's Gabrial The Duke was an easy winner last week and a 6lb rise should not be enough to stop him in the Coral Handicap.

A 12-length winner from Bushel, he looks on good terms with himself at present.

Godolphin's International Name should have learned plenty last time out and looks difficult to beat in the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes.

The step up to three miles looks sure to suit Gilnockie in the BetVictor Svengali Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Ayr.

AYR: 2.10 Fort Smith, 2.45 Gilnockie, 3.15 Spring Over, 3.50 Shine A Diamond, 4.20 Definite Dream, 4.55 Wabanaki.

CLONMEL: 1.35 Lockstockandbarrel, 2.05 Sharon, 2.40 Black Hercules, 3.10 Rebel Cry, 3.45 Champagne Fever, 4.15 Black Zero, 4.50 Cadawill.

FFOS LAS: 2.20 Thunder And Rain, 2.55 Clyne, 3.25 Ifyouthinkso, 4.00 Copper Birch, 4.30 Pobbles Bay, 5.05 Thornton Alice.

SOUTHWELL: 2.00 Very First Blade, 2.30 First Dream, 3.05 Layline, 3.35 TIME AND PLACE (NAP), 4.10 International Name, 4.40 Gabrial The Duke.

DOUBLE: Time And Place and International Name.

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