Arhie’s Advice is respected ahead of his latest assignment in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell.
With Keith Dalgleish’s horses in fine fettle, this five-year-old gelding can stick to his end of the deal by claiming this one-mile prize at the Nottinghamshire circuit.
The son of Archipenko had been on a bit of a slump for quite a while, but Dalgleish looks to have got him going again judged by a pleasing spin at Wolverhampton a week and a half ago.
Archie’s Advice was nibbled at in the betting at Dunstall Park and had fleetingly looked like taking a hand in the finish of a nine-and-a-half-furlong handicap.
It all unravelled late on, though, as Joe Fanning and his partner were badly pinched for room inside the final furlong and could not get back on an even keel.
Dalgleish’s inmate finished sixth, beaten two lengths, which was a much better run than has been archived.
And though Nosey Barker looks a worthy foe at Southwell, Archie’s Advice could be the so-called ‘forgotten horse’ on a mark 2lb lower mark than when he was last successful.
Spowarticus might be the one in the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Handicap.
Scott Dixon’s seven-year-old tends to sulk a bit when he does not get an early lead - as was the case over course and distance last week - but he is probably not handicapped out of things if Kieran O’Neill can get off to a good start.
Ilzam is unlikely to be too far away in the totequadpot BetHandicap at Chelmsford.
The Marco Botti-trained three-year-old was modest at best in three maidens last year, but his first try in a nursery was much more like it.
Sent off at odds of 10-1, the gelded son of Holy Roman Emperor travelled kindly in a decent seven-furlong affair, in which he fought all the way to the line in a first-time tongue-tie.
Ilzam eventually went down by a nose to the useful North Creek, but Botti now has a platform upon which to build and, even in spite of a 4lb rise, he will fancy his inmate’s chances.
* Selections -
Catterick: 12.45 Pemba, 1.15 Gully’s Edge, 1.45 Cloudy Joker, 2.20 Always Resolute, 2.55 Jac The Legend, 3.25 Hitman Hearns, 3.55 Loch Linnhe.
Chelmsford: 5.10 Dutch Golden Age, 5.40 San Quentin, 6.10 Ilzam, 6.40 New Strategy, 7.10 Mops Angel, 7.40 Tasaaboq, 8.10 Sleet.
Southwell: 12.30 Jaarih, 1.00 James Bond Girl, 1.30 Spowarticus, 2.00 ARCHIE’S ADVICE (NAP), 2.30 Step On It, 3.05 Fiftytintsofsilver, 3.40 Cape Of Glory.
Double: Archie’s Advice and Jac The Legend.