Can Mont Signal follow up tomorrow?March 31, 2014
Mont Signal bids to follow up last weeks victory in the 5.00 at Southwell tomorrow (April 1st). Richard Kingscote will once again be doing the steering in the mile handicap. Last weeks win was a good result for the team as they’ve all put a lot of work in getting Mont Signal back on course following a series of injuries as a three year old. Those now look to be a thing of the past and he is in good shape ahead of tomorrows effort. There are two new challenges for the race tomorrow, the fibresand surface and the step up in trip to a mile. There is no reason he shouldn’t enjoy the surface and the way Wolverhampton’s track has been riding this winter seems to suggest that most that go on one will go on the other. The step up similarly shouldn’t be too much of an issue, the way he ran last week seemed to suggest seven would be his minimum. Due to the weights being raised in the race he does have to carry 9st 13lbs which isn’t ideal as he isn’t the biggest of horses, we were slightly loathe to run under a penalty but with his mark due to be raised to 56 tomorrow this is his last chance to run in this grade. The draw in seven could be better but there are only eight runners so it should work out.
This race is a slightly better than the race Mont Signal won last week. General Tufto is a standing dish in races at this level at Southwell and is in good form at the moment and is the benchmark. Just Five won at Wolverhampton on Thursday and is in good form and is also a course winner. Just looking at some form there isn’t that much between the two horses and in the past Just Five was successful at a higher level, however he subsequently was out of action for a long while and how much of that ability he still retains is an unknown. Finally Nellies Quest improved on her handicap debut last week at Wolverhampton and finished nose behind General Tufto and might find a bit more improvement again for that experience.
Mont Signal striding to victory at Wolverhampton