Galway Festival winner Beau Satchel (2.55 Listowell) has been backed to bounce back from a slightly below-par run at the Curragh last time. The return to softer ground will suit the son of Indesatchel who is no bigger than 11-2 having opened up 7-1 generally.
Gentil J (3.55 Listowell) is the best backed horse in the fillies’ handicap an hour later, and this looks her best chance of getting off the mark so far. She showed improved form when second in the first-time tongue tie at Roscommon last time (third won since) and connections have booked top pilot Wayne Lordan today.
The 1m4f handicap at Thirsk (4.00) looks a wide-open affair but the morning move for Airton looks significant given James Bethell’s 3yo is bred to thrive over this sort of trip. He couldn’t get involved at Ripon last time but is only 4lb higher than when an impressive winner at Doncaster in July and he is by no means fully exposed after just nine starts.
Ball D’arc (4.25 Listowell) was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles and the market indications are that Gordon Elliott’s talented 5yo is going to make an instant splash over fences this afternoon. It’s encouraging that he was an impressive winner on his only start in points and he is bred to be just as good chaser as hurdler, in which case he could easily outclass today’s rivals.
Amood (Carlisle 5.45) doesn’t have the best of strike-rates but Simon West’s charge takes a drop in grade today and a morning market move suggests a third career win could be in the offing. He has been running with credit in defeat this summer and this represents his easiest assignment of the season so far.