After proving vulnerable late on over a mile here last month, Luscifer turned in a career best to defy a rise in the weights and win with plenty in hand over this course and distance on Friday. Tony Carroll is a dab hand at finding ideal opportunities and, turned out quickly under a penalty, this looks an excellent one for Luscifer.
Jem Scuttle has run creditably on both his subsequent starts following a wind operation and is building a good record on this surface. He is down to a good mark now and, after finishing second and third on his two previous outings, he looks primed to go a couple of places better here and regain the winning thread.
Zapper Cass started 2020 with a bang, landing back-to-back course-and-distance handicaps, but hasn’t been seen to the same effect in his three subsequent outings.
He did show more signs of encouragement when third at this venue last time, however, and considering this is an easier affair than he has been contesting of late, he ought to be more than capable of putting his rivals to the sword.
Astro Jakk got his career firmly back on track when landing the odds over this course and distance last month, showing plenty of speed dropped down to five furlongs for the first time.
He possibly found the race coming too soon when turned out at Newcastle the following day, but still looks to be ahead of his mark despite that somewhat disappointing showing. This looks a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways and he is expected to do just that.
Going Native hasn’t been in top form of late, running two of her lesser races on her last two outings, but she shaped well on a couple of occasions prior to that. She is significantly back down in trip here though and may be able to dominate this low-grade handicap, particularly with promising apprentice George Rooke taking over in the saddle.
Social City showed improved form at Chelmsford to get off the mark last month, relishing the step up to a mile and six furlongs. He ran at least as well in defeat when third at Lingfield last time, keeping on well and may have even held on to second under more forceful handling.
That form has received a boost with the winner going in subsequently, and with a return to Southwell viewed as a positive, Social City is expected to continue his upward momentum and resume winning ways.