AUTUMN is definitely moving in and the darker evenings seem to have sneaked up and pounced. Jump racing is beginning to enter the radar and Richard Johnson has already ridden 75 winners. The proper National Hunt stuff will start next month but it is the focus of today’s column as there are Jump meetings at Southwell and Worcester. BRAVE SPARTACUS (4.10 Southwell) is an old favourite, the sort of horse who feels like an old friend. He is nine now and may not be getting any better but he showed when winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen that he is as well as ever.
Today he reverts to hurdles at Southwell in a class 3 handicap and I fancy he will take some catching. James Reveley rides as well as most NH jockeys and it’s his only ride today. Paolozzi and Champagne Present are both scopey types but may have to go some to reel in Brave Spartacus.
LILY WAUGH showed decent form in mares’ novice chases in the spring and appears at Southwell (2.40). She would be 9lb worse off with Urcalin if it was a handicap and can see off that rival and Indian Stream.
At Bath (2.20) OUTRAGE showed a good attitude to win at Windsor and looks to be an improving type while the beautifully bred KAZZIANA, who is a daughter of Oaks heroine Kazzia, should be hard to beat in the 2.50.
On another note I’ve gone top of the Racing Post Naps Table. It probably won’t last but the competition ends on October 22 so there is a bigger incentive than normal to find winners!
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