12.25 Lingfield

ADELITA (best price 5-1) created a favourable impression on her debut at Kempton a month ago and with just normal improvement, she looks likely to play a key role in this similar contest.

Immediately on the back foot after a slow start, Tom Clover’s filly did manage to recover somewhat to race just in behind the speed turning for home and then learning on the job all the way down the straight, she finished off her race with a degree of purpose to claim third late on. Hopefully she would have learnt sufficiently enough from that initial outing to slot all the pieces together second time around and from a good low draw, the daughter of Territories makes plenty of each-way appeal at the morning prices.

Adelita - 1pt e/w @ 5/1

13.37 Southwell

GERARD MENTOR (best price 6-1) proved no match for cosy winner Drobryn in a useful bumper on debut a month ago, but with the numbers from that above-average affair strongly suggested it was a contest of some substance, the son of Policy Maker is fancied to keep up the fine run of his in-form handler.

Clearly well-fancied to make an impact first time up, Kim Bailey’s inmate gave his supporters plenty of reasons for hope as the field went down the side, but ultimately the eventual winner just found the superior turn of foot late on and he ended up having to settle for an honourable second. That said, the time figures, both overall and sectionals were by some way the best on the card and with improvement likely to be forthcoming, a big run is anticipated.

Gerard Mentor - 1pt e/w @ 6/1

15.07 Southwell

JACK THUNDER (best price 17-2) left the impression he just didn’t quite stay three-miles at Ludlow last time out and he’s worth another chance to build on his previous effort when runner-up to the progressive Calum Gilhooley.

Just outpointed close home by Graeme MacPherson’s gelding at Newton Abbot back in September, the form of those in behind that day couldn’t have worked out any better, with the likes of The Bees Knees and Oscar Moonshine, both winning since. Given the way the son of Masterofthehorse kept on at the West Country venue and being a former pointer, it’s easy to see why connections were duped into thinking a step up in distance would suit, but as it turned out that project failed to materialise in the way anticipated at the Shropshire venue 33 days ago. That said, Charlie Mann’s gelding kept on well enough well against the likes of subsequent winners, Belatrix Lestrange and The Composeur (Innerpickle and Manjaam both run well since also) and it’s also worth pointing out those involved in the finish that day posted a faster final circuit time than the two-mile races won by the smart Ajero and useful handicapper Dave And Bernie. Keen to keep him on a relatively sound surface and now dropping back down to hopefully a more suitable trip, the six-year-old looks overpriced based on his recent endeavours.

Jack Thunder - 0.5pts e/w @ 17/2