One bet for Monday. Treaty Of Rome is next to useless on turf but has a liking for Southwell and in 11 runs here, he has 3 wins, 4 seconds and a third. Indeed, the only time he hasn't finished inside the first four at this track was three weeks ago when seventh over the minimum trip but the pace held up exceptionally well (as it often does over that C&D in particular) and making inroads into it from a long way back proved to be impossible. There were still some positives to take from the run and stepping up a furlong is a plus-point, especially with a solid early tempo being next to certain with the likes of Razin Hell, Tricky Dicky & Crosse Fire lining up. Derek Shaw's 5-year-old can travel really well when getting away on terms and I feel that he can win sooner rather than later 74. It will still take a career-best to win, of course, but 8/1 about that happening is acceptable and I'd have him a couple of points shorter. If he got a tracking position a few lengths off a strong gallop (as opposed to the likely sit in the rear third of the field!), I'd make him the outright favourite but whether the perfect scenario is forthcoming remains to be seen.
1:50 - Treaty Of Rome - 1pt @ 8/1 (General)
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