Horse Racing: This Is Me will be tough to beat

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This Is Me scooted in at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and with confidence boosted, can do it again in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap at Southwell.

The five-year-old shaped quite encouragingly when runner-up in a Kempton bumper in February of last year, but it is fair to say it has taken a while for him to find his feet switched to the Flat in 2013.

Three no-shows in maidens at Kempton, Windsor and Redcar led to him getting a handicap of just 63, but even then he could not get competitive, finishing last of six Yarmouth and last of 12 at Wolverhampton.

He was expected to fair better on his third handicap start here in November when stepped up to a mile and a half, but could only finish sixth having been sent off favourite and he looked to be running out of excuses.

However, he attracted market support at Kempton at the start of the month and this time it came off as he bounded clear under Graham Lee to win with plenty in hand. If he is in similar mood he should prove difficult to beat, despite an 8lb rise in the weights.

Odds-on backers had their fingers burned when Winterwell was turned over on her British debut at Wolverhampton a month ago, but she can reward those who keep the faith in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The three-year-old showed a good level of ability in three starts for leading French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, but changed hands for just 5,500 guineas in the summer.

Now with David O’Meara and carrying the increasingly familiar silks of Middleham Park Racing, Winterwell was a 4-6 shot at Dunstall Park, but had to make do with the runner-up spot behind Enfijaar.

In the favourite’s defence, the winner is probably a fair sort and given it was Winterwell’s first start since late May, improvement is surely a given.

She is interestingly fitted with blinkers as she steps up to a mile and there are likely to be a few long faces if she is unable to get off the mark.