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Aussie Dollar is looking a good Southwell investment.

AUSSIE Dollar looks the best bet on the card at Southwell in the Visit Nottinghamshire Maiden Stakes.

Trained by Andrew Balding, the three-year-old has shown enough promise in two runs to date to suggest that a midweek maiden on the all-weather should be well within his compass.

Well bred, by Dansili out of a Spectrum mare, the youngster certainly looks to have the best form on offer and the only danger could come from one of his unraced opponents.

He may have been beaten 15 lengths on his debut at Yarmouth in October but that was not a bad performance at all.

The winner, Sir Michael Stoute's Sea Moon, is related to Workforce and was backed as if defeat was out of the question. The ground was also heavy.

Aussie Dollar finished fourth and progressed further when last seen at Kempton just 13 days ago.

He was beaten just over three lengths by John Gosden's Rasheed, and with representatives from Brian Meehan and Michael Jarvis also in front of him it could turn out to be a hot race.

David O'Meara has made such a cracking start to his training career that we are no longer able to get big prices about his runners.

He has made his name improving horses from other stables and Ingleby King has just joined from David Barron.

However, this is slightly different circumstances as the five-year-old has won his last two races.

He is now 11lb higher than the first of those wins but O'Meara has obviously spotted some potential and after a month off the shorter trip could be a bonus in the Play Roulette At Handicap.

Phillip Makin and Kevin Ryan have had a reasonably successful start to their association and Finn's Rainbow can defy a penalty in the On Your iPhone Handicap.

His win was just reward for a couple of previous near-misses and while this looks quite a competitive little heat, he obviously remains in good heart.

Another recent winner who can follow up is Richard Fahey's Stanley Rigby in the Book Tickets At Handicap.

The Malton handler has kept his stable in good form through the harsh winter and his small all-weather team are reaping the rewards.

Evan Williams has a really smart prospect on his hands in Phidippides who is back out in the Leicester Annual Members Novices' Chase at Leicester.

A smart hurdler, just below top class, he looks made for the bigger obstacles and was narrowly denied on his debut behind Rock Noir.

He then made no mistake at Ludlow as an odds-on favourite and could take high rank.

Nicky Richards' Steady Tiger has always been held in high regard.

He is set for his first start in 628 days in the STP Construction Beginners' Chase at Newcastle so may need the run but could be smart.

TOMORROW'S TIPS LEICESTER: 1.30 Bertenbar, 2.00 Laborec, 2.30 Bedarra Boy, 3.00 Thanks For Coming, 3.30 Phidippedes, 4.00 Okafranca.

NEWCASTLE: 12.40 Its Teescomponents, 1.10 Steady Tiger, 1.40 Flinty Bay, 2.10 Star Player, 2.40 Along Came Rosie, 3.10 Jeringa, 3.40 Doynosaur. SOUTHWELL: 12.50 Your Gifted, 1.20 Stanley Rigby, 1.50 Six Of Clubs, 2.20 Finn's Rainbow, 2.50 Hambleton, 3.20 AUSSIE DOLLAR (NAP), 3.50 Ingleby King.

DOUBLE: Aussie Dollar and Ingleby King.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 10, 2011
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