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A winner on his final outing in his native France last year, TILSITT hasn’t always looked the most straightforward since joining Ivan Furtado’s yard and was a particularly hard ride when ninth at Wolverhampton in January.
He was fitted with a tongue strap for the first time over this course and distance last time though, and that, coupled with the fact he had seen his mark drop some 20lbs since his first outing in Britain, allowed Tilsitt to show much improved form and open his account for his current yard. He travelled with zest and going around five furlongs clear with a furlong left to run.
He was only eased off and closed down late on, so a 9lbs rise may not be enough to stop him going in again – particularly considering how well he seemed to take to the surface.
George Boughey certainly looks to have found the key to KHATM, and the four-year-old gelding really hasn’t looked back since opening his account at Chelmsford in February. He followed up in a poor race at this venue just seven days on, before bringing up the hat-trick after another four days when running out a comfortable winner at Kempton.
The four-timer followed in equally straightforward fashion back at this venue the following day and Khatm improved again to win with any amount in hand, but he found his winning run coming to an end when second at Lingfield last time. He was little unfortunate to bump into an unexposed sort.
He still looked to be in good heart on that occasion though, and there is no reason why another bold showing should not be on the cards here.
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Only two races on Southwell’s card boast enough runners to qualify for three places in terms of each-way betting, making picking out a selection of this nature somewhat tricky. However, CHLOELLIE does look to have been underestimated in this handicap and certainly makes appeal at the current prices.
Chloellie finished a creditable sixth over this course and distance last time, a bit caught in the kickback that day, but she seemed to handle fibresand pretty well and fared better than of late having been stepped back up in trip. She has also dropped to 4lbs below her last winning mark, and she certainly looks a big player in this low-grade affair.