12:22 Market Rasen

VOLKOVKA (best price 11-4) needs to brush up her jumping but there’s no doubt the engine is in full working order and with a clear round, she can provide the rather brittle-looking favourite, Shentri (stopped as if shot at Fontwell last time), with plenty to think about.

All at sea first time out at Market Rasen when strongly fancied to make a winning hurdling debut, the daughter of Camelot ran with a good deal more credit at Leicester last time despite finishing only fifth. In a race noted for its strong speed figure for the grade, she would have finished a creditable third but for a blunder at the last hurdle which totally derailed her momentum, and if she can just eradicate the odd lapse in concentration, she clearly has the qualities to win a small race of today’s nature.

Volkovka - 1pt @ 11/4

18:00 Chelmsford

LOMU (best price 4-1) has shown a nice bit of promise for new connections since leaving Iain Jardine and he looks poised to strike based on his most recent outing at Lingfield 12 days ago.

A dual winner at Wolverhampton this time last season, the son of Dandy Man hasn’t managed to add to that tally in seven subsequent runs, but given the way he finished off his race at the Surrey venue, his turn can’t be too far away. Last with two furlongs to run, the six-year-old powered his way home down the centre of the track to finish a never-nearer fourth and with the numbers he posted suggesting he was just about the best horse in the race, a better draw and early track position today should add up to a positive result.

Lomu - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

19:00 Chelmsford

JOHNNY REB (NAP) (best price 9-4) ran a tremendous race from a wide draw at Wolverhampton last time out and now housed in the box seat around the inside, James Ferguson’s gelding has every chance of going one place better. As we know, being posted out right on the wing over the seven-furlong trip at the Midland venue is tricky to overcome, so the fact he managed to hang tough for the entire journey despite giving away loads of ground is testimony to his current wellbeing. His performance is even more praiseworthy when you consider the time figure of the race in question and with the form already starting to work out courtesy of Grey Galleon running well at Kempton the other night, the four-year-old rates a string choice to do his bit for the Dunstall Park contest.

Johnny Reb - 2pts @ 9/4