In the Coral App Download from the App Store Handicap (3.10) at Southwell on Tuesday, Tacticus made an impressive debut on Fibresand over course and distance last week and is hard to oppose under a 6lb penalty. The son of US Horse of the Year A.P. Indy was pushed clear from over a furlong out on that occasion, eventually winning unchallenged by 9 lengths. Another 6lb wouldn’t have stopped him from winning comfortably, so a repeat performance, against largely exposed rivals, should be good enough.
In keeping with his pedigree, the 4-year-old has taken a little time to fulfil his potential, but he looked more the finished article last time and it’ll be a surprise if he doesn’t rate significantly higher than his current mark of 80 in due course. He was entered in handicaps over 1 miles 5½ furlongs and beyond later in the week, so he could be the type to develop into a useful staying handicapper on turf later in the year. Meanwhile, Lady Cecil has only ever saddled two runners at Southwell and both of them have won, so the statistics are firmly in his favour, too.
Charles Smith’s 10-year-old General Tufto, who’s won 14 times at Southwell, but only twice elsewhere, is invariably outpaced in the early stages of his races these days, but could still be the one who gives Tacticus most to do.