2.40 Chester

Following yesterday’s unsatisfactory Derby trial, Ballydoyle will be hoping for an injection of optimism for Epsom in June and while most will be expecting the Ryan Moore-ridden Cook Islands to lead the way, it might well be second-strong HOUSESOFPARLIMENT (best price 9/2) who emerges best of the Aidan O’Brien pair. Slightly disappointing on his seasonal return on account of heavy ground, the son of Galileo showed what he can do when granted a decent surface at Dundalk on his latest outing and it’s that performance which suggests he may better than just a bit-part player here. Stretching out well in the closing stages (still ran green late on), this rangy colt drew right away from his field and although his opponents may not have been anything to shout home about, the time figure he produced that evening points towards it being a smart effort from a three-year-old. Housed in box one today gives Seamie Heffernan plenty of options tactically and given that he looks one of the few you’d have your life on staying the trip, he rates the value pick to topple the big two in the market.
HOUSESOFPARLIMENT - 2pt @ 9/2Lost -2pt

3.45 Chester

John Quinn’s team seem to be in excellent shape at present and EL ASTRONAUTE (best price 10/3) can provide the Middleham handler with another success. A previous course winner, the son of Approval probably had too much use made of him on heavy ground on his seasonal reappearance at Thirsk, so today’s better surface and handy inside draw should enable him to perform to a level somewhere near his best.
EL ASTRONAUTE - 1pt @ 10/3Lost -1pt

6.35 Cork

Although the market will be the big indicator to the chances of ROSIE ALICE (best price 6/1), one would like to think the Charles Byrnes camp drew enough encouragement from her performance at Punchestown last week to warrant a punt this evening (stable renown for landing the odd gamble or two). Held up towards the rear in the Martinstown Opportunity Final at the Co Kildare venue, the Beneficial mare made up a tremendous amount of ground in the latter stages, so much so that she managed to finish a never-nearer fifth in what was an extremely competitive contest. On the evidence of that performance, the five-year-old mare is crying out for a stiffer test, so tonight’s extra four furlongs trip should induce the necessary improvement.
ROSIE ALICE - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pt

7.05 Ascot

On plenty of occasions last season, CARTMEL CLEAVE (best price 11/2) showed he has loads of potential in the sprinting division and he’s fancied to get his four-year-old campaign off to a decent start at a track where he could be considered an unlucky loser. Prior to that unfortunate episode over the C&D in September, Stuart Kittow’s charge had exhibited a smart turn of foot when mowing down a useful field in a very quick time at Newmarket’s July course and if he’s in a similar mood this evening off his long layoff (has gone well fresh in the past), there’s every chance he will a significant player in a typically wide-open contest.
CARTMEL CLEAVE - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Lost -2pt