Prankster to have the last laugh at Southwell

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The unexposed Prankster is of major interest at 5/1 now dropped in trip and fitted with the tongue tie for the first time in the 6.40 at Southwell.

Peter Bowen’s charge showed nothing in his first two runs over hurdles, but then went into my notebook as a sure fire future winner when a promising fourth of 11 to Laflammedeglorie at Chepstow on soft ground.

He kept on well that day under tender handling after being outpaced when the pace quickened three out and looked as if better ground would bring about further improvement when switched to handicaps.

The six-year-old was then not given a hard time on his handicap debut when finishing seventh of 15 to Handy Andy  over 2m 5f and seemed to find 3m 1f beyond him at Newbury on his latest start.

He tracked the leaders that day but weakened badly to finish 5th of 10 to Velator but was not given a hard time once it was clear his chance had gone.

The handicapper has since dropped him another pound to a mark of 96 and to me that looks workable, especially as he had some really decent form on the level in France back in 2009 when trained by Andre Fabre.

His best run came when he finished runner-up in a listed event won by Manighar, who is now rated 111 and won a Group 3 and a Group 1 in Australia last season.

The gelding was beaten just 3/4 of a length that day on ground officially described as good, and that augurs well for the better ground that he encounters today.

Although he has obviously shown nowhere near that level of form over the obstacles he has only had five runs and I am sure that we are yet to see the best in him.

His shrewd connections are fitting him with the tongue tie now, and that – combined with the drop back to 2m – look sure to see him in far better light.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 4pts win Prankster (5/1 generally available – use BOG firms)

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