David Probert – rides Livia The Empress (Image: Getty)
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LIVIA THE EMPRESS should appreciate the return to a mile for the Ladbrokes Football Acca Boosty Handicap (4.10) at Wolverhampton.
As her name might suggest, the George Scott-trained filly is a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor – Livia was the third wife of Caesar Augustus, who became the first Roman emperor in 27BC.
But enough of the history lesson – the equine Livia The Empress has already shown herself a consistent performer with six placed efforts from her first eight starts.
David Probert's mount captured a nursery over a mile at Chelmsford City in November before being denied by half a length and a nose when third to Space Kid under a 6lb penalty over this course and distance four days later.
Livia The Empress tackled a mile and a quarter last Tuesday and, having made her move into contention over a furlong out, went under by a neck to Liberated Lad.
Coming back in distance looks the right move and, off the same mark, Livia The Empress makes plenty of appeal.
Later on the Dunstall Park card, ATHMAD is fancied to register a fifth course success in the Betway Handicap (6.40).
The ground for Ayr’s National Hunt card will be hock deep, but that won’t bother SKIPPING ON, who still looks well treated in the Spring Breaks At Western House Hotel Handicap Chase (2.30) after returning to winning form at Warwick on New Year’s Eve.
Lingfield Park’s card makes limited appeal from a betting perspective, but FAIRWAY FREDDY looks overpriced in the Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD “Jumpers’ Bumper” National Hunt Flat Race (1.15).
12.15 ROSE OHARA
12.45 MISS AUSTEN
1.15 FAIRWAY FREDDY
1.45 SUNRISE RUBY
2.20 ZOLTAN VARGA
2.50 ZABEEL STAR
3.25 ROYAUME UNI
3.55 LUCKY’S DREAM
12.55 IMPERIAL KNIGHT
1.25 CORNERSTONE LAD
1.55 ASKING FOR ANSWERS
2.30 SKIPPING ON (NB)
3.35 FINAL FLING
4.10 LIVIA THE EMPRESS (NAP)
4.40 DANCING RAVE
5.40 SARAH’S VERSE
6.10 RAINBOW DREAMER
7.40 CRITICAL THINKING
8.10 ELEGANT LOVE
DOUBLE: LIVIA THE EMPRESS and SKIPPING ON