12:05 Hereford

The maiden hurdle won by Star Gate at Chepstow a month ago was noted for its strong speed figure for its race type and having featured prominently before just getting a little tired late on, SAM BARTON (best price 7-2) is expected to build on the promise he exhibited that day and make an even bigger impact with that all-important run under his belt.

A promising third in a heavy-ground bumper at Exeter on his only start last term, Emma Lavelle’s gelding was quietly fancied to make a winning hurdling debut at the Welsh venue on his first outing for 247 days, but in the end, the lack of a run took its toll late on as he faded from two out to finish just outside the money. That said, the time figure of the race in question was very good – certainly compared to the other division won by Grand Mogul – and with the third home, Tide Times, boosting the form with a victory at Ascot last week, hope is fairly high that the son of Black Sam Bellamy can follow suit over a trip and track that he should appreciate. 

Sam Barton - 1pt e/w @ 7/2

14:40 Dundalk

The drawn gods haven’t been kind to PAK ARMY (best price 11-1), but as his morning price rather compensates for the risks attached, he’s worth chancing he can overcome that slight impost in a race which is a good deal easier than the one which saw him finish an honourable sixth here last time out.

The mere fact he was sent off 16-1 despite winning previously at Limerick shows you the kind of opposition he faced here 12 days ago, so to finish on the coat tails of the likes of in-form trio, Blue Shadow, Psyche and Construct has to go down as a very commendable effort for the five-year-old. Form-wise, the race has already begun to take shape with the fourth home, Bluebeard’s Castle scoring here at the last meeting and having turned in some of his better career performances over today’s C&D on numerous occasions, the son of Arcano will hopefully outrun his morning odds if he can be slotted into the pack early from his wide draw.

Pak Army - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/1

14:50 Hereford

MOLLY OLLYS WISHES (best price 3-1) couldn’t quite go with the main players at Wincanton last time out, but as that contest was easily the most competitive race of its kind run so far this season, Dan Skelton’s mare is fancied to take advantage of a significant ease in grade. 

Noted going as well as anything turning for home at the West Country venue, the combination of a slow jump two out, not letting herself stretch out on the fast ground and the 2m6f trip all contributed in her run just flattening out after the last and she ended up drifting back into seventh after looking certain to play a leading role. Back in trip with more ease underfoot this afternoon, the daughter of Black Sam Bellamy should also appreciate climbing down a notch from Class 2 grade and with a decent pace likely to be set by Maskada just what she requires, a big run looks on the cards from this largely-consistent mare.

Molly Ollys Wishes - 1pt @ 3/1

15:15 Dundalk

SHOWMOLINA (best price 10-1) shaped a good deal better than the bare result suggested over today’s course last time out and with an extra furlong seen as a big positive towards his prospects on his return visit, a reasonable each-way investment is recommended at his morning odds.

Having his first outing for 144 days since leaving William Knight in the UK, the son of Showcasing was a tricky one to assess in many respects, but given his 100-1 price tag and where he ended up finishing after being well back in the field at halfway, it’s safe to say he superseded expectations. Indeed, his finishing split of 33.8 from three out strongly indicated he has plenty of ability and he would only have to put in a similar burst of speed in the home straight today to be competitive in a race of this nature where plenty of the main players have had loads of chances. 

Showolina - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1