2.05 Curragh

The first two-year-old race on the new season in Ireland was an above-average affair based on the times figures and as CALLENDER (NAP) best price evens) was the biggest eye-catcher from that excellent contest, Paddy Prendergast’s inmate looks a decent bet at odds-against to build on his highly promising performance. Drawn out in the coffin box in stall one, the son of Exceed And Excel was reined back to give him some sort of chance of getting competitive, but in doing so, he naturally found himself way behind at halfway as a result of that manoeuvre. To his great credit, however, he picked up really nicely in the latter stages and going on strongly at the line, he somehow managed to finish a never-nearer third behind what looked a useful winner. The form of the race took an instant boost with the seventh placed Tilly Trotter bolted up at Dundalk on Friday and now housed in a the perfect stands side rail position, while his main market rival in out in stall 2, it would come as something of a surprise if he doesn’t take advantage of what appears a golden opportunity to get off the mark.
Callender - 4pts @ 1/1Lost -4pts

2.35 Ascot

CONSORTIUM (best price 20/1) hails from a stable that took this prize last season, so it’s safe to assume that connections have had this race in mind for the son of Teofilo for some time. Similarly to Lil Rockerfella, Neil King’s charge can race a little lazily, but that trait didn’t prevent him from getting off the mark on the Flat two starts ago at Wolverhampton. Prior to that breakthrough victory, the four-year-old had run a series of decent races over hurdles despite not enjoying the testing conditions, but now racing on a much more favourable surface, he has the look of a well-handicapped horse on his return to the winter game.
Consortium - 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1Lost -1pts

4.55 Ascot

As MAX FORTE’S (best price 12/1) best performance came over today’s trip on good ground earlier in the season, it’s not too difficult to fashion a strong case out for Chris Down’s charge on his return to a decent surface. Since then, the son of Indian River has run a good deal better than his finishing position has suggested on several occasions and being a former point-to-point winner, you’d imagine he’ll be more suited to the rhythm of a three-mile tempo.
Max Forte - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1Placed 1pt