Author: Darren Moore
Published: 08:00 02/02/2016
DEEP RESOLVE has run twice in class six company during his career, the first was two runs ago when he completely failed to fire. The other run was when he landed his maiden here over the course and distance back in April of 2014. Alan Swinbank’s inmate is usually operational over twelve furlongs and is also a useful enough two mile hurdler, but he makes plenty of each-way appeal in Tuesday’s 4pm Southwell handicap over the same trip and can run a big race under Ben Curtis who does the steering.
This five-year-old by Intense Focus followed up that poor run in the class six claimer by dropping in trip to a mile on Thursday last, where it would have been a real concern for backers, given his previous form over further, as to whether he would be badly outpaced. But he stayed on well for pressure and now finds himself in an arguably easier race four days later and if afforded a better pace to run at, he shouldn’t be too far away at the finish.
The likes of Golden Wedding, Response, Shearian, The Firm, Colour My World, Berkshire Beauty and Stun Gun account for the majority of his eleven-strong field who like to race prominently or lead, which means Deep Resolve will get a solid pace to run at and utilise his stamina to better effect than he was able to last time out.
The obvious horse to beat is Berkshire Beauty, who was an easy winner over this course and distance six days ago under Oisin Murphy and looks set for another big say under a 6lb penalty. Prayer Time is a horse with a good record from his runs at Southwell and is respected on his return to the fibresand, while The Firm is also a dark horse on the back of a course and distance win last time out.
Alan Swinbank has an excellent 20% win record from all runners at Southwell in recent years, with 23 winners from his 114 horses saddled up and Deep Resolve looks well placed to add to that good relationship here.
4.00pm Southwell - Deep Resolve, 2 points each way @ 5/1 (6.0) bet365
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