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Newsboy fancied Gossip to be the talk of the town at Southwell



GOSSIP can maker herself the talk of Southwell by winning the Rolleston track’s Betway Casino “Hands And Heels” Series Apprentice Handicap (3.45).

Scott Dixon’s daughter of Exceed And Excel marked her Southwell debut with a course-and-distance victory eight days before Christmas.

On the back of her one-length defeat of Arzaak, the four-year-old stepped up to six furlongs for a classified stakes 12 days later.

But the extra yardage proved my selection’s undoing – Gossip was at a loss for words in the closing stages as she returned fourth to Velocistar.
The step back to the minimum trip is very much the right move for Gossip, who is fancied to return to winning form under Bradley Harris, whose 5lb claim will come in very handy.

Last Saturday’s Wolverhampton scorer Lord Of The Alps will go off favourite for Southwell’s opening Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap (12.45), but preference is for GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE, who unlike the market leader has bags of experience on Fibresand to draw upon.

Dave Evans’ TEN CHANTS took a giant leap forward in a first-time visor over the same course and distance eight days ago, and will be hard to beat under a 5lb penalty in Wolverhampton’s Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap (6.00).

It looks as though the fixture at Ffos Las is odds against to beat the cold but, if the frosty forecast doesn’t come to fruition, FRANCKY DU BERLAIS gets the vote to make the most of the 15lb he receives from top weight Lieutenant Rocco in the Plan A Consulting Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (2.28).

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SOUTHWELL

12.45 GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE

1.15 SLOWMO

1.45 MOTAWAAFEQ

2.15 PERFECT SWISS

2.45 EXCESSABLE

3.15 MOMTALIK

3.45 GOSSIP (NAP)

FFOS LAS

12.58 SANDYMOUNT ROSE

1.28 BEN BRADY

1.58 THOR DE CERISY

2.28 FRANCKY DU BERLAIS

2.58 MISS JEANNE MOON

3.28 SANDFORD CASTLE

3.58 ONETHREEFIVENOTOUT

WOLVERHAMPTON

4.20 SPACE KID

4.55 LIVERPOOL KNIGHT

5.30 CASTLEBAR

6.00 TEN CHANTS (NB)

6.30 FIRSTEEN

7.00 BEAUTY CHOICE

7.30 THAI TERROR

DOUBLE: GOSSIP and TEN CHANTS





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