Bryan Smart: “he just seems to like the track”PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Dubai out to improve super Southwell record
ANYBODY who follows the adage horses for courses will be keeping a close eye on Dubai Hills at Southwell today for the course’s richest raceday of the year.
The Bryan Smart-trained seven-year-old will be back at his favourite track, having won each of his six starts there since he finished third on his first encounter with the specialist surface in November 2010.
Four of those wins came over today’s trip and he lines up in the 7f Ladbrokes Handicap at 1.30 off a 1lb higher mark than when last running here in March.
Smart said: “He’s very well in himself and I couldn’t be more pleased with him. I couldn’t tell you what it is about it but he just seems to like the track.”
Although none of the nine-strong field has recent winning form, four of them finished second last time out, including the two horses rated higher than Dubai Hills, Galician and Clockmaker.
Fontwell: Good, good to soft in places
Uttoxeter: Chase - Soft, good to soft in places; Hurdles - Good to soft, soft in places (soft in the chute)
Philip Hobbs has a 50 per cent strike-rate (4-8) in novice hurdles at Fontwell in the last five seasons for a £1 level-stake profit of £15.13. He runs According To Sarah in the 1.40
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive