Ballistic to fire at Southwell

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A lack of football action gives us a chance to look at racing today and Ballistic takes my fancy in the 13:50 at Southwell.

Ballistic to win @ 11/4

This two-year-old from Robert Cowley’s yard ran an encouraging third at Goodwood back in August and after more than four months off, returns in Nottinghamshire.

On that occasion at Goodwood, he finished well and should benefit from another run over the six-furlong trip.

Part of the puzzle will be how he takes to the fibresand with this his first all-weather outing but having Raul Da Silva on board is unlikely to be a bad thing.

Do not expect a dominant display but Cowley will be looking for him to come good near the line and the pace he showed in August tells us he has a win in him.

Ask The Weatherman to win @ 15/2

Our second pick comes from the 15:10 at Exeter and I’m backing a horse with a point to prove.

Jack Barber’s Ask The Weatherman was a star point-to-pointer and hopes were high after winning on his debut at this track in November 2017.

His three outings since have seen him pulled up and Barber will have been using the summer to maybe smooth out his rougher edges.

The two-mile-seven-furlong trip should not prove too hardy for an experienced cross-country horse and the Henley-handler will be confident of a win.

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