In the Betway Sprint Handicap (3.05) at Southwell on Tuesday, Foolaad has returned to action at the top of his game and looks to have every chance of completing a course and distance hat-trick. Roy Bowring’s 7-year-old has won five of his last seven starts and foiled a gamble on Tricky Dicky in a 0-105 contest over course and distance two weeks ago. The Exceed And Excel gelding has been raised 3lb for that success, but the weight rise is partially offset by a drop back into 0-90 company and he’s still not fully exposed over the minimum trip on Fibresand. He’s 3-4 at the distance and didn’t race as a 2-year-old or 3-year-old, so he could conceivably be open to further improvement, despite his age. Unfortunately, he’s a progressive type who won’t have gone unnoticed by the bookmakers but, this being a sprint handicap, he should be hopefully be a working man’s price in any case.

Selection: Southwell 3.05 Foolaad to win 3/1


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