Joey’s Destiny top UK bet


London – Joey’s Destiny can return to winning ways in the Top Price On All Favourites Handicap at Southwell on Sunday.

The Kevin Frost-trained eight-year-old has been a good servant down the years and is currently operating well short of the rating from which he was last successful, at Wolverhampton in July.

He did not show a massive amount towards the end of last year, but returned after a break at Wolverhampton this week and ran with plenty of promise to be second, without threatening to reel in the winner Dark Alliance.

This will be his first try on the Fibresand and it is just a matter of catching him right, as the handicapper has given him every chance.

It is hard to look past the chance of Mr Coco Bean in the Download The App Handicap.

The four-year-old looked a winner waiting to happen at this Nottinghamshire circuit in December, on what was his first start since moving from Ann Duffield to David Barron.

He more than confirmed that impression back at Southwell on New Year’s Day, travelling well in the hands of Ben Curtis and coming home strongly as the 6-4 favourite.

Barron’s gelding has another 2.5kg on his back but, given the way he has gone about his business here of late, it will be a surprise if there is not a bit more to come.

Brother Tiger is the pick in the Betway Sprint Handicap.

David Griffiths’ nine-year-old has had two outings at Southwell and performed with credit in each, most recently when beaten less than two lengths over the festive period.

Factor in that was his first start after an absence of 125 days and there is good reason to be positive about his chances, particularly as he has won off this mark in the past.

Donald McCain has some grand chances at Kelso, perhaps none more so than Katachenko.

The nine-year-old is only a few pounds higher than when he lost out by a nose to Play The Ace at Aintree in December and has enough about him to defy top weight in the Children’s Immunology Trust Handicap Chase.

Mallowney could go well in the big race at Fairyhouse, the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase.

Tim Doyle’s Grade Two-winning chaser has continually been thwarted by injury, but he made a reassuring comeback over hurdles at Thurles last month.

It is also beneficial to note that Mallowney won this race in 2015 over a higher mark, while Bryan Cooper’s appointment looks a good bit of business. – Press Association

Selections (UK starting times):

FAIRYHOUSE: 1.00 Minnies Secret, 1.30 Veneer Of Charm, 2.05 Poker Party, 2.35 Mallowney, 3.05 Bravissimo, 3.35 Art Of Synergy, 4.05 Getaway John.
KELSO: 12.40 Knockrobin, 1.10 Aye Right, 1.40 Katgary, 2.15 Katachenko, 2.45 The Delray Munky, 3.15 Chidswell, 3.45 Cultram Abbey.
SOUTHWELL: 1.20 Ray Purchase, 1.55 Wazin, 2.25 Brother Tiger, 2.55 Snowy Winter, 3.25 JOEY’S DESTINY (NAP), 3.55 Mr Coco Bean.
DOUBLE: Joey’s Destiny and Mr Coco Bean.

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