13:15 Nottingham

Back Espresso Fredo at 7-2

ESPRESSO FREDDO (best price 7-2) can be a bit of moody so-and-so, but as we witnessed at Windsor last week, he’s pretty devastating when on-song and he’s worth risking to see whether he can repeat the dose in this slightly higher grade.

Despite his quirks, five career wins isn’t a bad haul and with the latest of those victories coming in ridiculously easy fashion and in a fast time at the Berkshire venue, Robert Stephen’s six-year-old seems to have plenty of pep in his step. Best held up and brought with a late run, today’s Jamie Spencer is probably the best exponent of that particular art and having run well on his only other previous visit to today’s track under similar conditions this time last year, another big run looks on the cards providing his willing to play ball.

Espresso Fredo - 1pt @ 7/2

13:25 Punchestown

Arcadian Sunrise my NAP at 7-4

ARCADIAN SUNRISE (NAP) (best price 7-4) has been in fine form since switching his attentions to the Flat and those confidence-boosting performances should have done him the world of good now he reverts back to the National Hunt game.

Since qualifying for this final via a smooth success at Leopardstown back in March, John Queally’s gelding has yet to be out of the frame in three starts during the summer period and following two solid efforts in two above-average contests on the time figures (best when third behind subsequent winners Mt Leinster and Cape Gentleman at Listowel), he went on to post some useful numbers of his own when scoring tidily at Thurles last time out. Making all the running, the son of saw out the two-mile trip well to see of subsequent Navan scorer Ilmig and with today’s extra distance seen as a big positive given the stamina he’s been showing of late, he rates a confident choice to crown his golden run of form.

Arcadian Sunrise - 2pts @ 7/4

15:32 Fakenham

Back Jackson Hill at 7-2

JACKSON HILL (best price 7-2) has yet to win in nine starts, but on several occasions, he’s been victim of circumstances rather than anything else and today examination provides the ideal opportunity for him to finally get off the mark. 

Looking in need of the run on his opening gambit of the season at Fontwell, Milton Harris’ gelding went to Plumpton last time out in a slightly lower grade to chance his arm and although he managed to finish second for the fifth time in his career, the numbers suggested he’d run somewhere close to his best. Held up towards the rear in typically patient fashion, the son of Jeremy made relentless progress throughout the final circuit, but he couldn’t quite get on terms with the well-ridden Constancio, who proved a willing conveyance for his pilot from the front. That said, the pair were well clear of the rest and with the final circuit sectionals on the race in question strongly suggesting the six-year-old had run to a much higher level than his current mark compared to the achievements of the 129-rated Pisgah Pike during the same time frame, a similar performance should see this hitherto frustrating maiden go close to getting the monkey off his back.

Jackson Hill - 1pt @ 7/2

16:25 Dundalk

Back Gee Rex at 15-8

GEE REX (best price 15-8) ran out quite an impressive winner of a claimer here last time out and with connections deciding to hold onto him and also withdraw him from this week’s Horses In Training sale, Joseph O’Brien’s gelding will hopefully reward them with an instant return. 

Until the son of Requinto landed that extended 1m2f prize here two weeks ago, he’d been better known for his exploits over slightly shorter trips, so the fact he managed to secure one of his best efforts on the speed figures over a distance that could have caused him issues, suggests he’s in a decent shape at present. Showing good all round pace off the back of solid fractions set by Frankuus, the four-year-old galloped on strongly all the way to the line and in doing so he amazingly went on to post the fastest furlong-per-furlong tie on the eight-race card. It was good, therefore, to see the runner-up, Moving Forward, go on to boost the form with solid success at the same venue here last week and now dropping back to a trip more in-keeping with his overall profile, it’s hard to see him not being involved when the medals are being dished out. 

Gee Rex - 1pt @ 15/8

20:00 Dundalk

Back Wojood at 11-2

Not many standout candidates in what looks an ordinary low-grade staying handicap and it’s a race WOJOOD (best price 11-2) seems almost certain to go well in based on the pick of his form.

Promising on his first outing over the C&D back in March when doing all his best work at the finish, Denis Hogan’s gelding was once again seen to good effect in the latter stages over two furlongs shorter four months later, getting up in the dying strides of a well-run affair. Unsuited by soft ground on his most recent start on the Flat at the Galway Festival, the son of Dansili has been in better form since racing back on a sound surface over hurdles and his run behind the very useful Jessie Evans at Gowran recently strongly suggests he remains in excellent shape. Looking at his body of work on the speed figures compared to most of his rivals here tonight and they come out well in the context of tonight’s race and he jumps well and stays in touch with the leaders in the early stages, his stamina should kick in and be a determining factor late on.

Wojood - 1pt e/w @ 11/2