19.10 Roscommon

First up we're off to Roscommon where MR SMITH has been the subject of strong support.

Unplaced in all eight starts over hurdles, Charles Byrnes' 5yo was well beaten at 16/1 when 15th of 16 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Killarney over 2m 1f (good) last month.

However, it's the booking of Davey Russell that has caught the eye of punters with the jockey and trainer combo demanding huge respect.

As big as 10/1 on first show last night, prices vary from 6/1 to as short as 9/4

Mr Smith - 1pt @ 6/1

18.40 Roscommon

Also at Roscommon and also trained by Charles Byrnes and ridden by Davey Russel is WAR ANTHEM.

Again, yet to place in three NH starts, the 6yo was well beaten at 40/1 when 16th of 18 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Limerick over 2m (good) last month.

Much more is obviously expected today with the 14/1 on offer last night now gone and 4/1 the best price available.

War Anthem - 1pt @ 4/1

20.10 Roscommon

The third leg of the Charles Byrnes/Davey Russell gamble is TOP OF THE TOWN.

A winner of a maiden hurdle race at 2m 7f on good ground last year, the 8yo was well beaten at 20/1 when 9th of 20 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Tipperary over 2m 4f (good) last month.

Clearly the market expects him to leave that form behind with 4/1 the best odds on offer from an original show of 14/1

To Of The Town - 1pt @ 4/1

19.20 Chelmsford City

Finally, it's to Chelmsford City we go where LAZZAM has attracted plenty of money this morning.

A course and distance winner almost a year ago, the 3yo was beaten 6l at 50/1 when 10th of 13 on his latest outing at Ascot over 1m (good to firm) last month after a break.

He's obviously expected to come on for that run and the combination of the first-time hood with bookies cutting his price from 14/1 last night to as short as 9/2 in places.

Lazzam - 1pt @ 11/2