Horse Racing Tips: Timeform’s Top Thursday Picks at Southwell include a 3/1 shot

The Timeform tipsters guide us through Thursday's all weather racing and are keen on Eligible in the 13:30.

Timeform’s Southwell racing tips

11:20 Bradman
11:50 Nevzilla
12:20 Blue Virture
12:55 Sunny Street
13:30 Eligible
14:05 Goldsmith
14:40 Reigning Profit
15:15 King Victor
15:50 Smokey Malone

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

11:20 Bradman

BRADMAN was 7lb out of the weights when running at this course last week and he put up a career-best effort to be beaten just a length and a quarter. There’s an argument that he was flattered to finish so close in a steadily-run contest, but he’s certainly worth a chance to confirm the promise of that run now back down in grade and able to race from his proper mark.

11:50 Nevzilla

NEVZILLA showed much-improved form when filling the runner-up spot over this course and distance a couple of weeks ago, nearly defying odds of 100/1 as she finished well from rear to pass the post just a neck behind the winner. She now makes the switch to handicaps and looks to have been let in lightly from a BHA mark of 46 if proving that run wasn’t a fluke.

12:20 Blue Virture

BLUE VIRTUE offered plenty to work on when finishing third on her debut at Chelmsford last month, making late headway having been forced wide on the home turn. She should learn from that and is fancied to take a step forward to get off the mark at the second attempt in this novice event, with her useful sprinting pedigree (by Blue Point and out of a half-sister to Sole Power) an ongoing recommendation.

    12:55 Sunny Street

    SUNNY STREET stepped up on his previous form when finishing second at Wolverhampton last time, running to a fairly useful level in making a bright prospect pull out all the stops. Still lightly raced after just three starts, Sunny Street probably hasn’t reached his ceiling yet and there should be a race like this in him now starting out in handicaps from a BHA mark of just 79.

    13:30 Eligible

    ELIGIBLE again shaped encouragingly when finishing third at Chelmsford last time, passing the post just a length and a half behind the winner and looking unlucky not to get closer still having been caught further back than ideal in a race run at just an ordinary gallop. A three-time winner at this venue last winter, he’s still operating on a competitive mark on the evidence of last time and shouldn’t be long in adding to his tally.

    14:05 Goldsmith

    GOLDSMITH ended a rather frustrating year with a deserved victory at Wolverhampton over Christmas, ultimately winning by half a length having been produced to lead in the final furlong. He’s a horse who will always need an element of luck given his style of racing (usually held up), but there’s no doubting his talent and a 3lb higher mark is unlikely to prove beyond him somewhere down the line.

        14:40 Reigning Profit

        REIGNING PROFIT capitalised on the drop in grade with a dominant effort at Wolverhampton last week, bouncing right back to form in a first-time visor as he drew clear to win by two and three-quarter lengths. This will be a quicker-than-ideal turnaround, but he should take plenty of beating under a 5lb penalty if arriving in the same sort of form, with his exploits in the spring (completed a hat-trick of wins from similar marks) still fresh in the memory, too.

        15:15 King Victor

        KING VICTOR was a fair handicapper a couple of seasons ago and he shaped as if retaining all his ability after 18 months off when finishing sixth over this course and distance last time, very much catching the eye in fact. He was beaten just a length and a half at the line, keeping on well under a hands-and-heels ride having met some trouble around two furlongs out. He’s been given plenty of time to get over that run and is one to be interested in from a 1lb lower mark.

        15:50 Smokey Malone

        SMOKEY MALONE won over this course and distance last April and he’s been placed on the turf a few times since, most recently when runner-up at Lingfield in July. Crucially, he lines up today from the same mark as when winning here in the spring and it could be a good opportunity for him to get his head back in front if picking up where he left off after four months on the sidelines.

        Thursday’s Southwell racing tips

        11:20 Bradman
        11:50 Nevzilla
        12:20 Blue Virture
        12:55 Sunny Street
        13:30 Eligible
        14:05 Goldsmith
        14:40 Reigning Profit
        15:15 King Victor
        15:50 Smokey Malone

        *All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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