14:30 Roscommon

DE LADY IN RED (best price 9-4) made an immediate impact for her new stable when landing a bumper at Galway last time out and having already had the experience of jumping hurdles courtesy of two promising outings previously, it all adds up for Barry Connell’s mare to go close in her bid to follow up. 

Fifth in a very hot maiden hurdle at Navan back in March, the daughter of Jet Away went on to better that performance by chasing home the highly-regarded Bigbadandbeautiful over the same C&D three weeks later. Subsequently switching stables, the five-year-old was off for 168 days until returning to action at Ballybrit three weeks ago and in what looked a very competitive mares’ bumper on paper, she landed some nice bets for new connections. Clearly fresh and well after her break, the chestnut raced with quite a bit of exuberance for the first mile but despite those antics, she still had the qualities to see the trip out strongly all the way to the line, in the end going on to record a convincing two-length victory. Likely to be all the better for that outing in many departments, she now steps up to a trip that should see her in an even better light and in a race where there’s only a handful with semi-convincing profiles – Humble Glory being the pick – this promising mare should easily be capable of making her presence felt. 

De Lady In Red - 1pt @ 9/4

18:00 Newcastle

THE MENSTONE GEM (best price 15-2) shaped with plenty of promise in quite a decent little contest on his debut at Thirsk and he looks one of the most interesting contenders in a race containing quite a mixed bag. 

Towards the rear in the early stages at the Yorkshire track due to a slightly tardy start, as a result, Philip Makin’s gelding found himself with only a couple behind him as the field turned for home. From that point onwards, however, the son of Galileo Gold really began to learn what was required and despite being constantly hampered inside the final two furlongs, he came home pretty strongly up the far side rail to finish just on the coat tails of the main players. How he will cope with tonight’s totally different surface is anyone’s guess, but providing he has the adaptability, he certainly showed enough on his opening bow to suggest he’s likely to feature in this similar contest.

The Menstone Gem - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2