Tip Of The Day: Spurs to score
Boots And Spurs can confirm himself a well-handicapped horse at Southwell this afternoon.
Jockey Luke Morris rides today's racing tip
Boots And Spurs – 3.10 Southwell
There are a couple of interesting handicaps on the Southwell Fibresand this afternoon, none more so than the sunbets.co.uk Handicap over seven furlongs.
As you'd expect, there are a number of course and distance winners in the line-up but it's one horse who has won here over further who catches the eye at a double-figure price.
BOOTS AND SPURS was disappointing when sent off favourite last time, but he was ridden by a 7lb claimer that day and better can be expected now reunited with Luke Morris, under whom he's won twice in nine tries and almost always run to form.
Morris is operating at 20 per cent right now (last 14 days) and has just two booked rides at Southwell today, the first of which needs to show big improvement to get competitive but must be respected given connections in the opener.
Boots And Spurs, on the other hand, need only return to the form he showed on New Year's Day to get competitive. Off 3lb higher, he gave it a good go in chasing home Holiday Magic, who was just denied in a really good race at Newcastle last week despite having climbed the weights.
Clearly, the selection hasn't matched that form in three runs subsequently, but the first two were solid enough in a higher grade and off higher marks, before he was beaten when fancied (3/1 favourite) under Ben Robinson last time.
And while seven furlongs might appear sharp enough, there's loads of pace in this race and I can see Boots And Spurs staying on for a place at least from what looks a suitable draw in stall nine.
That pace will also suit favourite Custard The Dragon, who is three from four under Joe Fanning and three from three over course and distance, but he'll need a career-best to win this up another 4lb whereas our selection is undeniably well-treated, even if he is an eight-year-old.
On the same card, Bounty Pursuit is definitely well-in and should take all the beating in the Betway Sprint Handicap.
Michael Appleby's horse chased a ridiculous pace last time out and did phenomenally well to win with something to spare, despite being pursued by favourite Siege Of Boston.
The first eight home in that race were all held-up with the exception of the winner and a penalty won't stop Bounty Pursuit – if he handles the switch to Fibresand.
That is, of course, a considerable 'if' – even taking into account his running style and the trainer's record at Southwell – so at 6/4 he can be left alone.
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