12.40 Lingfield

RUSSIAN RADIANCE (best price 8-1) has done precious little wrong on her last two starts and she looks to have a decent chance of gaining her just rewards returning back to the scene of her most recent outing. Although she couldn’t cope with the late thrust of the progressive Somethingthrilling in the latter stages, Johnathon Portman’s charge finishing nicely clear of the rest of the field and a reproduction of that level of form should ensure she’s right in the thick of the action once more.

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RUSSIAN RADIANCE - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1Lost -1pts

1.40 Lingfield

BATTALION (best price 11-4) has always had plenty of talent, but getting him to use it has proved difficult in recent times, and with that responsibility resting in the hands of Jamie Osbourne now, it might well be that the quirky six-year-old can prove an instant hit for new connections. Winner of the listed Churchill Stakes when at the peak of his powers back in 2014, it’s fair to say the son of Authorised has been a little difficult to predict on many occasions thereafter, but there were signs at Dundalk last time that he’s still capable of mixing it against the very best all-weather performers when finishing a creditable runner-up to the smart Long Island Sound in the Group 3 Diamond Stakes. Although he hasn’t been in his new surroundings for too long, a difference perspective on life maybe just the sort thing that triggers a positive response from this mercurial character and he rates the value option at this top morning quotes.

BATTALION - 1pt @ 11/4Won 2.75pts

2.00 Catterick

NORTONTHORPELEGEND (NAP) (best price 6-4) jumped immaculately when scoring with plenty in hand at Sedgefield last week and a similar fault-free round should make the son of Midnight Legend very hard to beat around a track that will play into his strengths. Always popping away nicely in the hands of in-form Brian Hughes, Rebecca Menzies’ inmate never looked in any danger of defeat at the Durham venue and even though today’s contest looks a slightly tougher assignment on paper, you’d like to think he’d have enough up his sleeve to shrug aside his penalty.

NORTONTHORPELEGEND - 2pts @ 6/4Won 3pts