12:25 Exeter

Chris Down has a strongly-fancied contender here in the shape of Espressino, but there’s half a chance that his other representative, PUZZLE CACHE (best price 16-1), could cause a bit of an upset based on his effort over today’s course last time out.

Performing with plenty of encouragement on her first start for new connections at Chepstow, she ran to an even higher level at the West Country venue 12 days ago – certainly based on her time figure – and if she can continue in the same vein, a small race such as today’s should come her way at some stage. Keeping on well in the latter stages of a very strongly run race for the grade, the daughter of Phoenix Reach left the impression she may require further than the minimum trip and with today’s extra yardage and testing ground likely to provide that sort of examination, she can hopefully be good enough to hit the frame at big odds.

Puzzle Cache - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

15:00 Sandown

Chris Gordon landed this prize twelve months ago with Go Whatever and the Hampshire handler looks to have another similar type here in the shape of STRAIGHT SWAP (best price 11-1) to cause several above him in the weights equally as many problems.

After a couple of inauspicious starts in hot maidens, the son of Yeats showed a good deal more last time out at Lingfield, chasing home the useful Take Your Time, and with the speed figure of that strong novice hurdle the best on the seven-race card, he clearly ran to a very high standard. Not badly treated off 116 for his first handicap attempt based on that effort, today’s soft ground and stiff track should play into his strengths and he rates a decent each-way bet at the morning odds.

Straight Swap - 1pt e/w @ 11/1

17:00 Dundalk

ST GEORGE’S HEAD (best price 9-2) has been a model of consistency in recent times and following another solid effort over tonight’s C&D from a poor draw last time out, it’s hard to envisage anything other than another decent shift from Kieran Cotter’s gelding.

Impressive when making all to score in the first-time cheekpieces in mid-November, his repeat bid was forced into uncertainty due to his wide stall position in stall 13 and even though he broke well and did his best to try and overcome such an impost, his early efforts finally took its toll late on. That said, it was still a fair effort on the figures and with the third home that day, Tynamite, going on to boost the form here on Wednesday, hope is high that the son of Kingston Hill can resume winning ways.

St George's Head - 1pt e/w @ 9/2

19:30 Dundalk

PULSE OF SHANGHAI (NAP) (best price 2-1) has been nothing short of a revelation since stepping foot on this all-weather surface and having completed the hat trick in pretty devastating fashion here last week, there’s every chance his winning run might be over just yet.

Similar to stable companion, A Step Too Far, Kieran Cotter seems to have found the key to this four-year-old and the third of his victories here two weeks ago was easily the most impressive. Sitting in behind the speed set by Master Matt rather than make the running as per usual, the son of Dragon Pulse found a rare turn of foot inside the final two furlongs to pull well clear of a smart field and with the time figure unsurprisingly revealing he’d clocked a big number for the grade, it’s no surprise the handicapper has been lefty scratching his head. Now connections know that he doesn’t necessarily have to lead, he’s probably wise to take the trail off front-running Geological before being unwound with his winning challenge in the straight.

Pulse Of Shaghai - 2pts @ 2/1