A return to Southwell has seemed to spark something of a revival for Puchita recently. She ran up to her best and did little wrong when finding only one too good around here in an apprentice race last month, putting four lengths between herself and the rest of the field, before belatedly getting off the mark when landing a course and distance handicap recently.
She travelled well throughout the race on that occasion, going on early in the straight to get the better of a last-time-out winner, who himself finished four lengths of the remainder. She is turned out quickly under a penalty here and this looks a good opportunity for her to follow up and swiftly double her career win tally.
Redesdale Rebel showed improved form to get off the mark in a weak race at Newcastle in January, racing with plenty of enthusiasm throughout and kicking on under two furlongs from home to run out an all-the-way winner.
He failed to repeat that feat on his handicap debut at the same venue last time, despite his opening mark looking a fair one, but perhaps this step up in trip is what he was calling out for. Up to just over seven furlongs here, he looks well worth another crack at proving his mark to be a workable one.
Fibresand appeals as the ideal surface for Augustus Caesar given his pedigree, and he has duly proven that to be the case, giving his running on both his starts on the surface – finishing runner-up in August and third in January.
He landed a race at Lingfield in the intervening months and, though he proved himself to be a disappointment at Newcastle last time, he is back at Southwell now and, with the application of first-time cheekpieces hopefully a catalyst for further improvement, he looks worth chancing at a big price against a small field of largely exposed sorts.