Tip Of The Day: Just say Moo
Fibresand offers an unknown for some of the runners at Southwell today but not for our selection in the opening contest.
Moojaned's trainer Dave Evans (centre)
Gowran Park hosts the pick of today's jumping action with some old friends tackling the Thyestes Chase at 1500(GMT), including a handful of possible Grand National contenders for later this season.
Snow Falcon might have been the only horse to give Unowhatimeanharry a decent race but for falling three out at Newbury in November and he still has the potential to emerge as a Stayers' Hurdle contender with a big run in the Galmoy Hurdle, although Shaneshill has the quality to go close now that Willie Mullins' team seem to be misfiring less after a blip or two at the start of the month.
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At Warwick, three good juvenile hurdlers come together in what should be a highly informative opener, while Ballywilliam takes the eye with first-time blinkers fitted in the handicap hurdle at 1435. He looked quite a nice prospect over hurdles last season but despite all of the signs suggesting he would appreciate fences, the switch to steeplechasing seemed to blow his brains at Newbury.
Last week's diversion to look at the Meydan Carnival didn't work out, so it's nearer to home for my selection today and Moojaned in the mile-and-a-half handicap that opens the card at Southwell.
For a 0-65 race, this is unusually competitive and there are a number of plausible candidates here, including My Renaissance,who has turned a corner for his new stable, and winning hurdler Hollywood All Star, who might just be suited by the unknown of a move to Fibresand.
But one horse over whom there are no questions on the surface is Moojaned, who took advantage of a plummeting handicap mark to win nicely here two starts ago and then did far too much too soon at Kempton subsequently, getting swept up in contesting an unsustainable pace, but faring far better than might have been expected in holding off his rivals for a large chunk of the home straight before capitulating close home and fading back into seventh.
The return to Southwell and the return of jockey Andrew Mullen, on board for his latest win, may well produce returns of the monetary variety this afternoon.
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