4.00 Lingfield

Rookie trainer George Scott is beginning to show signs that his horses are always worth a second look and in the shape of GEORGE CINQ (best price 9/2), the Newmarket handler has a fine chance of collecting his third turf winner this season in as many weeks. Acquiring this fairly exposed six-year-old from Michael Bell, it was always going to be tricky to induce improvement out of horse whose form had seemingly flat-lined, but on the evidence of his two outings from his new base, the son of Pastoral Pursuits may just be capable of nicking a handicap or two before the season is out. His latest effort when just getting picked off late on following an enterprising ride over a mile at Newmarket suggested not only that he seems to have come just right, but a drop back in distance to his optimum trip of 7f would see him back in the winners’ enclosure sooner rather than later.

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George Cinq - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pts

6.00 Gowran

Fresh off his tremendous success in the Irish 2000 Guineas, the good fortune of Kevin Prendergast looks set to continue when he runs the upwardly-mobile MIZAAH (NAP) (best price 7/2) in handicap company for the first time following a smooth success in a maiden at the Curragh. In a race run at a strong tempo at the Co Kildare venue, the son of Invincible Spirit impressed by the way he powered clear in the closing stages, suggesting that he would have no trouble coping with distances above and beyond six furlongs in future. The form of the race, as well, has been boosted by both the second and third, so confidence is high that this improving three-year-old can more than hold his own in this sort of grade of his opening handicap mark of 90.
Mizaah - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Placed -0.3pts

6.30 Gowran

In-keeping with his profile of previous seasons, Micky Halford has made a slow start to the campaign, but there have been plenty of encouraging signs in the last few weeks that things are beginning to look a little brighter for the Co Kildare handler and CHESTNUT FIRE (best price 12/1) looks one to consider now he’s had that all-important run under his belt. Opening his campaign in what turned out to be an extremely strongly-run affair at Leopardstown, the son of Showcasing found himself in an unpromising position rounding the home turn, but to his great credit, he finished off his race so strongly that he hauled himself into a creditable fifth place at the line. Considering he managed to achieve this feat racing down the middle on the slowest part of the track that day deserves even further credit, and with plenty of solid form in some decent 7f turf handicaps to his name last season, the four-year-old gelding makes plenty of each-way appeal at 12/1.
Chestnutr Fire - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pts