13:05 Ayr

Do Your Job my NAP at 15-8

An above-average-looking novices’ hurdle by the track standards, bringing together several with aspirations to perhaps take their game to a higher level later in the season and of those, DO YOUR JOB (NAP) (best price 15-8) has already exhibited a fair degree of ability in this discipline and he’s fancied to press home his experience and fitness advantage over his main market rivals.

Promising in a hot Newbury novice hurdle on his first start for new connections towards the backend of last season, Michael Scudamore’s gelding returned to action at Ffos Las 223-days later to contest a similar event and this time he made no mistake, staying on strongly in the final half a mile to get the better of the well-backed Truckers Point. Looking at the numbers the front two posted at the Welsh venue and it’s clear they were really trapping along at a fair old rate of knots judged on the overall speed figure and final circuit sectionals, so providing the son of Fame And Glory is in the same sort of shape and capable of running to a similar level, it will take one of his main market rivals to do something special first time off the bat to beat him under today’s testing conditions.

Do Your Job - 2pts @ 15/8

13:30 Wexford

Back Make Good at 9-4

Kapard is bound to attract most of the attention in a race of this nature given his connections and profile, but he may not get things all his own way up against MAKE GOOD (best price 9-4) who finally came good on the Flat the other day and now reverts back to hurdles hoping to carry a similar level of form with him. 

Interestingly ridden on a number of occasions this season (the ones at Bellestown and Gowran earlier in the campaign were completely baffling), the son of Fast Company had been gradually getting nearer the mark prior to him hitting the bullseye at Navan four days ago, so it came as no massive shock that he was able to score, but probably not in the manner did. Staying on extremely strongly from three out, John McConnell’s gelding completely overpowered his 10 rivals in the latter stages, so much so, that by the time he’d hit the line, he’s built up a nine length advantage. Clearly the combination of a tongue-tie and cheekpieces worked the trick and with the same equipment on this afternoon as well as similar underfoot conditions, he looks in the kind of shape to keep the favourite honest at the very least.

Make Good - 1pt @ 9/4

14:35 Leicester

Back Dashing Roger at 5-1

A cracking turnout despite only the six runners going to post and of the sextet, DASHING ROGER (best price 5-1) is strongly fancied to once again punch above his weight. 

Twice a winner this season, it’s actually his defeats which have left the biggest impression – certainly from a time-figure perspective – highlighted by his latest effort at Pontefract. Setting out to make all the running, he went along at a very strong pace throughout and it ultimately took a huge effort by the well-backed Tom Collins to lower his colours in the dying strides. However, the pair were well clear of the rest and, with his other big performance on the numbers also coming on soft ground in a small field, another huge run looks on the cards with him serving it up from the front.

Dashing Roger - 1pt @ 5/1

14:40 Wexford

Back Kilgorey at 5-2

KILGOREY (best price 5-2) was ultimately well beaten at Galway last time out, but in hindsight, he faced an impossible task up against several rivals who were knocking out seriously strong fractions for a maiden hurdle of its kind, so with today’s waters a good deal calmer on paper, the son of Shantou can finally make the breakthrough over hurdles. 

Right from the outset, a very strong pace was set at the Ballybrit venue 19 days ago and although he momentarily looked a threat as the main players went down into the dip approaching the home straight, he couldn’t quite raise his game to maintain his challenge in the final quarter mile. That said, the time figure of the winner was extremely high for the grade and with the third home, Mighty Tom, going on to dispose of a field which contained the likes of Run For Mary and champion bumper seventh, Julies Stowaway, back at the same venue next time, it’s clear the form is good as it looked on paper. The favourite here today, Allbarone, as nice a horse as he is, looked a shade one-paced on his comeback effort at Tramore last time out, so unless he can raise his game to another level, he may have to play second fiddle to Yvonne Dunleavy’s six-year-old.

Kilgorey - 1pt @ 5/2