Huntingdon 15:40

Dan Skelton has been turning base metal into gold ever since he took out a trainer’s license and VERANO could turn out to be another who benefits from the Midas touch from the Warwickshire handler in this fairly modest-looking novices’ handicap. A dual winner over hurdles for Charlie Mann, the son of Lord Of England made a bright start to his new career over fences when a promising third to the useful Gray Hession at Southwell back in May and that form alone should prove to be good enough against this opposition. Having joined his new surroundings only recently, it’s difficult to know what kind of impact the change of regime will have had on him in such a short period of time, but given the record of his ambitious trainer with cast-offs from other stables, it would be difficult to imagine things going downhill for new connections.

Verano - 1pt @ 15/8Lost 1pt

Wolverhampton 21:10

SEYCHELLOISE looked a reformed character with blinkers back on and given a more positive ride over C&D last Friday night and will prove hard to beat under just a 6lb penalty if in the same mood. Always handy in what turned out to be the strongest run contest on the eight-race card at the Dunstall Park venue, Sir Mark Prescott’s filly showed a bright turn of foot to pull nicely clear of her field passing the two furlong marker and given that she only had to be nudged along to maintain her advantage all the way down the straight, there should be more to come from this in-form filly. Prior to this improved display, it has to be said, the daughter of Pivotal had been a little disappointing in her quest to shed her maiden tag on quite a few occasions, but given the high level of performance and manner of her victory here four days ago, it would be folly to ignore the blatantly obvious signals.

Seychelloise - 1pt @ 2/1Lost 1pt

Champions Sprint Stakes

Although it’s far from 100% certain FORT DEL ORO will face the starter at the weekend, her current 25/1 quotes are way too tempting not to risk a small investment just in case she is allowed to take her chance. Edward Lynam has always held this filly in the highest regard and although she missed the target when pitched into pattern company on her first two attempts, she made it third time lucky when hitting the bullseye on her latest try. The way she travelled and quickened up at the Curragh on Sunday showed the measure of her progress since landing a maiden back in June and with a strongly run, stiff six furlongs with some cut in the ground clearly her optimum conditions, Ascot should be right up her street if connections decide to grab the bull by the horns.

Fort Del Oro - 0.5pts e/w @ 25/1