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Spade can dig out success at Southwell.

SAM SPADE appeared to be turning into something of a Southwell specialist earlier in the year and he is worth supporting as returns to the track in the Ladbrokes Handicap at the Nottinghamshire venue.

The four-year-old was trained by Richard Hannon snr until August 2013, with just one win in eight starts prompting connections to move on the son of Clodovil.

Derek Shaw's decision to fork out PS6,000 has certainly been repaid, as after a fairly inauspicious start Sam Spade really began to find his stride on the Fibresand back in the spring.

Lining up in April, he ran out a convincing winner of a fairly moderate heat and duly followed up that month back at the track, although he also threw in a very average performance at the venue in between.

Turf did not really appear to suit at Nottingham in May but he again impressed with his resolute attitude when returned to Southwell.

It is best to put a line through his turf start at Leicester in June and Shaw has freshened him up since then, seemingly with a winter allweather campaign in mind.

Sam Spade now races off a mark of 67, just 1lb lower than he was rated with Hannon, and while he might not be the most reliable type, he clearly enjoys the track and that is a huge positive.

Big City Boy perhaps just needed his run earlier this month and he can build on that second place in the first division of the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Handicap.

Returning from an eight-week break, Big City Boy was beaten just a length and a quarter by a Shawtrained odds-on favourite.

That marked a definite improvement from Big City Boy, an opinion the handicapper has also clearly taken as he has hiked him up 6lb in the ratings for that defeat.

Big City Boy is now off 51 and while he has yet to actually hit the target, he seems to be heading in the right direction now.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2014
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