Never Easy looks an appealing proposition in the 32Red.com Handicap at Southwell.
Richard Fahey’s grey has done well in two prior visits to the Nottinghamshire circuit, and deserves recognition back over seven furlongs.
The Zebedee colt was never really a factor on the turf last summer, but he showed at Southwell in December he has the aptitude to handle the Fibresand track.
Never Easy attempted to make all of the running in a seven-furlong handicap, and was only worried out of it late on by Excelling Oscar, who was in receipt of 5lb.
The three-year-old returned to Southwell on New Year’s Day, but he was not quite as effective over six furlongs and was comprehensively defeated by Red Stripes.
Little wonder Fahey has decided to step back up in trip, while a first-time visor is also an interesting addition given he can be quite keen from the front.
A half-brother to several winners over middle distances, Never Easy interestingly competes off the same mark of 60.
And though he renews rivalry with Excelling Oscar, that one is now 6lb higher in the weights which should make for an entirely different outcome.
Pat’s Legacy can go one place better in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap than when last sighted at Southwell.
The nine-year-old chestnut has been a good servant for various trainers over the years and is now in the care of the capable Marjorie Fife.
Fife must have been satisfied with Pat’s Legacy in December when he finished a solid second behind Major Rowan, with the third horse home some four lengths adrift.
Back over seven furlongs and with Robert Winston still at the helm, he should go close off what still looks a fair enough mark.
Oriental Relation showed much more intent at this track a week and a half ago and might be ready to win again in the Daily Enhanced “Magic Multiples” At Unibet Handicap.
The four-year-old grey has been in the doldrums since he was successful this time last year at Kempton, but he could be coming back to hand after a close second behind Showtime Star over six furlongs.
Oriental Relation is back over the minimum trip, but he has won before over course and distance off the same mark.
Popaflora is respected in the Shereford Handicap Chase at Fakenham.
Dan Skelton’s inmate was unlucky at Plumpton earlier this month when he came up against handicap snip Bravo Riquet, who drew 14 lengths clear
Despite having bled from the nose, Popaflora jumped accurately from the outset to indicate he is still capable of winning races like this off a mark of 100.
With such sharp rivals thin on the ground at Fakenham, the nine-year-old grey has a fighting chance of claiming a second victory over fences since his switch from Ireland.
Moving Waves can make a splash when she takes the plunge at Ffos Las.
Johnny Farrelly’s filly is winless from five tries over hurdles, but she has done enough to suggest that will soon change.
The four-year-old has done reasonably well since her transfer from the Flat, having produced sound placed efforts at Chepstow and at Exeter.
Moving Waves most recent run at Bangor was not devoid of promise, either.
She travelled quite smoothly for a long way in a two-and-a-half-mile mares’ handicap, before she grew a little leg-weary towards the finish.
Farrelly’s inmate finished fourth behind Frank N Fair, but it is no surprise to see her revert to two miles for the Weddings Availiable At Ffos Las Racecourse Handicap Hurdle.
Southwell: 1.15 Pat’s Legacy, 1.45 Eium Mac, 2.15 NEVER EASY (NAP), 2.50 Inauguration, 3.25 Oriental Relation, 4.00 Cascadia.
Fakenham: 1.05 Shwaiman, 1.35 Mister Grez, 2.05 Rendezvous Peak, 2.40 Popaflora, 3.15 Imperial Vic, 3.50 Southway Star.
Ffos Las: 1.25 Letbeso, 1.55 Allthegear No Idea, 2.25 Spirit D’Armor, 3.00 Astigos, 3.35 Moving Waves, 4.10 Westend Star.
Double: Never Easy and Pat’s Legacy.