Stat of the Day, 13th February 2013
Well, that was a proper clunker yesterday, with Stormin Exit starting out in rear, and staying there, despite being sent off the 5/1 joint second favourite. There seems to be something amiss with that one at present, and he looks worth swerving until showing more of his old zest.
We'll head to the beach today, and the...
It's a horse for the course today, and what a one he is too. The Lock Master loves it here. In fact, in fourteen spins around this track, he's been placed thirteen times. That's a superbly consistent record. Now, he does find it more difficult to win, as just two wins attest, but he looks sure to go close.
Indeed, the one unplaced effort was over a mile and six furlongs when he patently didn't stay. His wins at the Nottinghamshire track have been over today's one mile distance, over which he's got form figures of 3122221.
Shirley Teasdale takes the ride for the first time, but that's not too much of a worry as The Lock Master seems fairly straightforward, having won for four different riders.
Trainer Michael Appleby is in excellent form and notched a treble on his last visit to Southwell on Sunday.
The Lock Master should be close to the pace here, and that's important as very few come from far back, and at 8/1 with Stan James (BOG), he looks a knocking each way wager.