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Poet's Society should make the most of a drop back in trip for the Play Jackpot Games At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap at Lingfield.
Mark Johnston opted to step his charge up to a mile last time and while he was not disgraced in being beaten just under six lengths in seventh, the strong pace that day clearly exposed his stamina limitations.
Admittedly he was racing off a 4lb higher mark after winning over seven furlongs on his penultimate start, but the way he dropped away at the finish suggested that perhaps the trip was not ideal.
He had finished with real purpose over the shorter trip previously and dropped 1lb in the ratings for his recent defeat, Poet's Society remains of interest.
JAZIRAT let down favourite backers when held in second on his first outing of 2018, but those that keep the faith can be rewarded in the 32Redsport.com Handicap.
Charlie Appleby's runner has been placed on each of his three starts to date, most recently when going down by just half a length on his return from 220 days off the track.
He made a game effort from the front that day and this might provide an easier opportunity to get off the mark.
ENVISAGING can regain the winning thread after three placed efforts in the £10 Free At 32Red.com Novice Stakes.
Winner of a Newcastle maiden back in November, James Fanshawe's charge has possibly not quite made the progress one might have expected, but a switch to seven furlongs here can change his luck.
CHARBEL could be the class act on show on the jumpers' bumper card at Southwell.
Kim Bailey's runner looked set to make a race of it with Altior in the Arkle at last year's Festival only to crash out two fences from home.
Three subsequent outings have failed to yield compensation, but his most recent effort when fourth in the Tingle Creek was hardly a bad run, although it does look as though he is a touch short of Grade One calibre.
That said, there are plenty of opportunities for Charbel and this two-mile outing on the level should keep him ticking over nicely.
Donald McCain sends a clutch of runners to the Nottinghamshire venue and his FIN AND GAME looks the pick in the Free Trading Tools On Betdaq "Jumpers' Bumper".
He was out of luck in two bumper starts on the turf, but has won twice over hurdles this term and is a decent prospect.
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The nine-year-old spent well over a year on the sidelines but has shaped with promise in two outings since his return, claiming third at both Kempton in November and Musselburgh in January.
He was a three-times bumper winner earlier in his career and that experience should stand him in good stead here.
LINGFIELD: 2.30 Wicker, 3.05 Envisaging, 3.35 Cayuga, 4.10 POET'S SOCIETY (NAP), 4.45 Jazirat, 5.15 Petruchio.
SOUTHWELL: 1.45 Swashbuckle, 2.15 Charbel, 2.45 Volcanic, 3.20 Spectator, 3.50 Hammersly Lake, 4.25 Fin And Game, 5.00 Flash The Steel.
DOUBLE: Poet's Society and Charbel.