We are on the fibresand under the lights at Southwell on Saturday evening, and racing expert Ross Brierley has three fancies that could turn your Saturday night takeaway into a feast.
Racing betting tips: Saturday, March 6
5.30 Southwell - Delph Crescent
The action gets underway over the mile at Southwell, in what looks to be a competitive handicap contest.
Robert Eddery's runner, Native Silver, has been ultra consistent of late without managing to get his head in front, but does have Mark Crehan on board taking off a valuable five pounds.
Howzer Black, who represents Keith Dalgleish, will likely be towards the head of the market too after his placed efforts in this gelding's last three runs.
Ross Brierley says: "Delph Crescent is going for a hat-trick at this track, and although he didn't win by far last time out, the form looks pretty solid."
Richard Fahey's runner stayed on pluckily to beat Antony Brittain's five-year-old, Daafr - who was seeking a four-timer on the day - last time out, so that form reads well, even if the official winning margin was only a short head.
Course form is of optimum importance when trying to find winners at Southwell, and this horse - ridden by Connor Murtagh, who claims three pounds - has that in abundance.
"[Two runs ago] he beat a horse called Wrath of Hector who won on Thursday to frank that form, and his record over the mile is very strong indeed; three wins, four places and only once has he finished out of the frame, and that was on handicap debut back in 2018."
With Howzer Black and Scott Dixon's mare, Bond Angel, likely to go forward, it will be a truly run race. We expect Delph Crescent to sit just off the pace, get a nice tow into the race and hit the front where it matters.
6.30 Southwell - Social City
The stayers take to the stage in the third race on the card, with five horses lining up to take this wide-open contest.
Phillip Kirby saddles two last time out winners in Ravenscar and Little India, both on the fibresand. Claire Hobson's charge, Tigray, came out on top in his previous race here at Southwell, before having a crack over timber last time out.
Gay Kelleway's Mukha Magic couldn't justify favouritism last time out over course and distance, but did win on his penultimate start, albeit over two furlongs shorter.
Ross Brierley says: "Social City has a good chance on his best form this winter. He's been running mainly over two miles on his last couple of starts, but the drop back to 1m 6f is the key here - his last two wins have come over this trip."
Hollie Doyle is booked to take the ride, and the combination of Carroll and Doyle linked up three times at Kempton on Wednesday night, as part of Doyle's record breaking five-timer.
Ravenscar will likely go off favourite for this contest, after his previous two wins at the track.
Social City does have a three-pound pull at the weights, however on the favourite, after the pair met on their penultimate start at the fibresand.
The hat-trick-seeker finished three-and-a-half lengths in front of the favourite on the day, Social City, but with the weight differential and drop down in trip, we are confident of this horse hitting the line in front.
8.00 Southwell - Glory Of Paris
The penultimate race on the night sees a field of Class 6 handicappers assemble.
Most of these are no stranger to the fibresand, including Three C's - who lines up for George Boughey - and Antony Brittain's track stalwart, Van Dijk.
Susie Javea for Ollie Pears brought up a hat-trick over course and distance more than a fortnight ago, beating My Brother Mike, who re-opposes today.
Ross Brierley says: "Glory of Paris was a winner over seven furlongs three starts ago, and since then has been defeated either in better company, or in a perfectly excusable run last out."
Philip Kirby's runner was trapped out wide last time from a poor draw and was unable to make much impression on the race. This seven-year-old has a much more favourable draw in this contest, coming out of stall two.
Prior to last time out, Glory of Paris does boast some decent form.
"His second to Straightouttacompton reads very well. That was in a significantly higher grade... There looks to be a lot of pace on here, so if they go quick up front, Glory Of Paris will be finishing best of all and could hit the frame at each-way odds."