4.00 Bath

AGAINST THE ODDS (best price 11/2) still remains a decent prospect despite getting beat last time out and he can return to winning ways now back on his favoured fast surface. Impressive when striding out for a convincing success on the all-weather at Chelmsford on his seasonal return, Paul Cole’s charge couldn’t quite run to the same level of form next time at Newbury, but that slightly below-par effort can be excused because of the soft underfoot conditions at the Berkshire venue. Good-to-firm ground with no rain forecast should prove ideal for the son of Champs Elysees tonight and he rates a decent bet at 6/1 despite taking on some similarly progressive three-year-olds.

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Against The Odds - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pts

5.35 Down Royal

WAKEA (best price 11/10) was turning into a regressive type when trained in the UK by Jeremy Noseda, but on the evidence of his first start for new connections, the son of Cape Cross’s career looks well and truly back on track. Facing eight flights of hurdles in public for the first time in his life, Karl Thornton’s inmate showed a decent aptitude for his new discipline and although he didn’t quite make the dream start his Co Dublin handler would have hoped for, a creditable runner-up spot behind the useful Balzac Turgot was still a fair return. The time of that race also suggests the five-year-old run up to a very decent standard at the first time of asking and with the hood and tongue-tie combination in evidence once again, it would be something of a surprise if he didn’t go one place better in what looks a much weaker affair on paper.
Wakea - 2pts @ 11/10Won 2.2pts

8.05 Down Royal

KING BLUE (best price 5/1) has been a model of consistency over the past few months and he looks set to have his sterling efforts rewarded in the best possible fashion in this competitive-looking handicap chase. Apart from when coming to grief over this course back in February, Ross O’Sullivan’s charge has yet to finish out of the first four in his last seven outings and although his latest effort was another runner-up spot to go with two others at Clonmel during his sequence of podium finishes, the time figure he produced in chasing home Liberty’s Gift at Ballinrobe was one of the best of his career. Prior to that commendable performance, the son of King Charlemagne had stuck his head of bravely for victory at Limerick and repeat of that level of form, along with any of the others mentioned, should be good enough to see him back in the mix once again.
King Blue - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Lost -2pts