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Southwell Preview: Kerrymerry can collect under Kirby

| 04.11.2014

Trainer Ismail Mohammed has done well with the few runners he has sent to Southwell, and his Kerrymerry is a fascinating contender on handicap debut in the 7f nursery there today (2.10).

The Newmarket handler has saddled just 10 runners on the fibresand surface, resulting in two wins and five places for a strike rate of 20%.

In Kerrymerry he has an unexposed colt who has hinted at ability in three maiden runs and looks the type who could take off in handicaps.

The two-year-old’s best effort came in a decent class 5 maiden at Yarmouth on his second start when a keeping on fifth of 13 to Bartel.

Although beaten 13 lengths, the well bred son of Vale Of York was tenderly handled in what was a hot contest for the grade.

The winner is a well-regarded sort, and the third and fourth home have both come out and won since to give the form a solid look.

Judge on that effort, Kerrymerry could well have got in lighty off an opening mark of 55 in this class 6 contest.

The booking of Adam Kirby also suggests that connections are expecting an improved showing, as Kerrymerry has so far been partnered by a 7lb claimer in all three starts.

In the 7f handicap (1.40), Loud looks weighted to take all the beating now returned to the scene of his last success.

The gelding has had just two starts at the track, winning a class 5 contest off a mark of 69 before going on to finish a highly creditable fourth in a higher grade class 4 affair off 74 when trained by Mark Johnston.

Now in the care of Amy Weaver, the four-year-old is able to race off a career-low rating of just 62 in whats looks a very winnable class 5 contest.

That gives the son of Dutch Art a huge shout at the weights, especially now returned to the fibresand surface which clearly suits.

12.40: Rockie Road
1.10: Vied
1.40: Loud (NB)
2.10: Kerrymerry (NAP)
2.40: One Moment
3.10: Cousin Khee
3.40: Reve De Nuit
4.10: Extreme Supreme

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.