5.25 Southwell, Thursday, April 12
In the Collect Totepool Winnings at Betfred Shops Handicap (5.25) at Southwell on Thursday, Irish import Da Capo Dandy has discovered the winning habit since joining James Ewart in February and can defy a 6lb penalty by completing a course and distance hat-trick. The daughter of high-class sprinter Dandy Man showed precious little at two, or three, for her previous trainer James Sheehan but, having been beaten off a handicap mark of 45 in a lowly 0-50 contest over a mile on her Fibresand debut last month, has won her last two starts over course and distance in the style of an improving sort.
How much improvement she has left in her is questionable, but her pedigree suggests that she could be better than a 57-rated sprinter, if her trainer can kind the key to her. Furthermore, she’s displayed a good, honest attitude in both races over 6 furlongs on Fibresand, despite drifting left in the closing stages on both occasions so, with winning jockey Liam Keniry in the saddle once again, she must have a decent chance of making it 3-4 at Southwell.
Selection: Southwell 5.25 Da Capo Dandy to win 9/4