Harry Allwood's top tips for Monday: Spoof can land the hat-trick for in-form Hills

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Sun 6 Sep 2020

Harry Allwood has three fancies for Monday's racing action spread across the meetings at Perth, Windsor and Galway.

What a treat it was to see Enable strut her stuff at Kempton on Saturday as the superstar mare warmed up for a fourth tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Whether you are with or against her in the Arc, it will be hard not to cheer her on at ParisLongchamp next month.

Personally, I am with the six-year-old as I think she has had the perfect prep this year and it has been hard to fault her this season.

Worth a watch - John Gosden discusses Enable's victory at Kempton on Saturday

John Gosden beleives she is as good as ever and it is going to take a huge performance from one of her rivals to lower her colours.

On to today's racing action and it's a fairly low-key start to the week, but the quality of racing certainly gets a lot better towards the end of the week with Irish Champions Weekend taking centre stage, live on Racing TV.

4.15 Perth: Effet Special at 4-1 with William Hill

This six-year-old had started to become a shade disappointing since joining Lucinda Russell having scored over fences on his final start in France in 2018.

He hit the frame just once in six starts in 2019 and, having been rated 125 over fences, he ended the year rated just 98 over the larger obstacles.

However, reverting back to hurdles on his seasonal debut this year, Russell’s charge shaped with much more promise before the lack of a recent run took its toll, and Effet Special built on that effort next time out with an easy victory over course and distance.

He was also well backed on that occasion and had plenty in hand at the finish, so a 7lb rise seems fair for that success.

I was quite surprised to see him open up at 4-1 with William Hill on Sunday as he remains low mileage, so ought to have plenty more to offer, especially if building on his recent victory.

4.30 Windsor: Spoof at a general 9-4

Watch how Spoof scored at Sandown last time out

Talented but quirky is probably the best way to describe Spoof who was on a lengthy losing run before finally getting his head back in front in impressive fashion over course and distance in August.

Charlie Hills’ sprinter backed that effort up with a victory at Sandown five days later where he travelled well and showed all of his old sparkle once again.

Despite a 6lb rise for his Sandown success, he still remains 11lb below his highest-winning mark which suggests he is capable of scoring again.

Hills has been operating at a 20 per cent strike-rate in the past fortnight and clearly has Spoof back in fine fettle, and his five-year-old will prove hard to beat if in the same form as his last two victories.

4.40 Galway: Lusis Naturea each-way at 13-2 with William Hill (paying five places)

Lusis Naturea ran well when third in a competitive handicap on the flat three days ago and holds strong claims of going two places better back over obstacles on Monday, providing he doesn’t find this run coming too soon.

The versatile performer produced another solid effort on his previous start in a similar contest to this when runner-up behind Mig Des Taillons, who re-opposes here.

However, Lusis Naturea is 14lb better off with that rival here and Rachael Blackmore is an eye-catching jockey booking, so I expect the selection to reverse form with Patrick Turley's charge on Monday.

He also went close on his only other start at Galway - albeit on the level - when third behind One Cool Poet at the Galway Festival last year.

This is another competitive event, but I can’t resist backing the nine-year-old each-way with William Hill who are paying five places.

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