DOCTOR PHOENIX (best price 5/2) has always been the apple of David Dennis’ eye, so it was nice to see this imposing sort justifying his trainer’s thoughts when scoring at the second time of asking over fences at Lingfield last week. Seemingly appreciating the drop back to the minimum trip after disappointing over 2m 7f on his chase debut, the feature of his performance at the Surrey venue was his accurate jumping. Sure to be aggressively ridden again in order to make full use of his sound technique and fitness, the son of Dr Massini will prove a tough nut to crack from the front with a clear round.
DOCTOR PHOENIX - 1pt @ 2/1


WELSH SHADOW (best price 7/4) made a promising start to his hurdling career at Exeter two weeks ago and although he proved no match for the hugely talented Yanworth, he still gave out signals he will prove a force to be reckoned with if found suitable opportunities. Dan Skelton appears to have sourced a decent avenue for the son of Robin Des Champ to exploit and with the form of that race down in the West Country gaining strength by the day (winner and third both won since), this exciting five-year-old can start to fulfil his potential.
WELSH SHADOW - 1pt @ 13/8


TURN ON THE TEARS (best price 4/1) posted a decent effort on her opening salvo at Chelmsford at the beginning of the month and looks destined to take a hand in a race of this nature granted just normal improvement. Big things were clearly not expected of Jamie Osbourne’s filly first time off the shelf as she was allowed to go off an unconsidered 33/1 poke at the Essex venue, but in belying her lofty odds, she left the impression she may well have won had she been fully tuned up. Hopefully, the daughter of Cape Blanco will much the wiser second time around and this promising filly rates a solid-looking bet at 4/1 for the each-way burglars.
TURN ON THE TEARS - 1pt e/w @ 4/1