15:55 Wetherby

FONTAINES COLLONGES (NAP) (best price 13-8) made the expected improvement from her initial outing at Wincanton to score in game fashion at Leicester last time out and having come out of those races with what appears to be a fairly favourable mark, she should easily be capable of making her presence felt on handicap debut.

A winner of two bumpers last season, Venetia Williams’ mare was a bit disappointing on her final outing of the campaign and it led to connections sending her to the operating table to sort out her wind. Back off a 309-day break, the daughter of Saddler maker was pitched into what appeared a warm mares’ novices hurdle at the West Country track and she came out of the contest with great credit, finishing a close-up third behind two above-average sorts. Well-backed next time to justify the impression she created a month earlier, the six-year-old managed to get the job done, albeit in not the manner expected, but she did at least end up clocking a decent enough number to suggest she probably ran to a better level than at first feared. Indeed, having beaten a gelding rated 125 at the Midland venue, she has done really well to come out of that encounter on a perch of 115, and having done well to win over the minimum trip despite her trainer insisting she requires further, she’s now given the opportunity to prove her Herefordshire handler correct.

Fontaines Collonges - 2pts @ 13/8Non Runner