2.35 Downpatrick

JOSEPHINE MARCUS (best price 9-2) never travelled with any great purpose before departing the scene two out at Ballinrobe last time out, but now racing back around a track that witnessed one of her best ever performances, Noel Meade’s charge can bounce back to form. Prior to that uncharacteristic display at the Connacht venue, the daughter of Flemensfirth had also run with great credit in two very strongly-run affairs at Sligo and a repeat of either of those efforts should her see her in a much better light this afternoon.

2.45 Salisbury

A MOMENTOFMADNESS (best price 7-4) clocked a very smart speed figure when scoring at Windsor last time out and this progressive three-year-old sprinter is fancied to dish out the same sort of punishment to his elders. Wearing the hood for the first time, Charlie Hills’ inmate stayed on strongly in the closing stages to get the better of the very speedy and previous C&D winner Just That Lord, and with the short-priced York handicap scorer Discreet Hero also well beaten having had every chance, the form looks about as reliable as you will get in a race of that nature. Although his best two performances have taken place on a fast surface, he did run with credit on heavy ground at Nottingham two starts ago and that knowledge eases the mind just in case the Wiltshire venue were to encounter any showers in the build up to the race.

4.30 Cork

The form of recent 1m 4f premier handicap at the Curragh looks extremely strong and ALVEENA (best price 11-4) and MANDAMUS (best price 33/1) are worth taking out of that smart contest and playing against today’s field. The former is clearly a progressive filly, and although she was beaten fair and square on the day, the horse that beat her, Repeater, went on to boost the form with a tremendous display at Epsom next time out. Prior to that smart effort, she’d scored in tidy fashion at Leopardstown, and with plenty of useful form on a softish surface, Dermot Weld’s charge should go well again providing the first-time visor has a galvanising effect. The latter takes a little more explaining, but there is a school of thought that Sheila Lavery’s inmate has a better chance that his 33/1 quotes suggest. Only beaten three lengths in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown on his first attempt over 1m 4f, the son of Lawman caught the eye with the way he finished off his race at the Curragh last time, and although he clearly has a bit to find with several of today’s rivals, he’s worth a shy at the stumps given his tempting morning odds.
ALVEENA - 1pt @ 11/4
MANDAMUS - 0.5pts e/w @ 33/1