14:13 Hereford

I’M ON SNAP (best price 4-1) shaped like she found 2m2f around a sharp track an insufficient test at Stratford last time out, but now returning to a more suitable distance based on her previous data, Tom Lacey’s mare rates a confident vote to turn in a rather more productive effort this time around.

A winner over the extended 2m5f journey at Fontwell back in May, the daughter of Jeremy paid for being a little too keen for her own good in the closing stages at Uttoxeter next time out and then came a total blowout over the same track when the combination of fences and soft ground proved her undoing. Back on a more suitable surface at the Midland venue 54 days ago, the seven-year-old returned to something approaching respectability with a solid effort in a strongly run handicap hurdle and with the time figure and subsequent form of the race working out quite well since, a repeat of something similar should see her competitive in what looks a weaker race on paper.

I'm On Snap - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

14:55 Punchestown

JESSE EVANS (best price 5-2) was narrowly touched off on the Flat last week, but at least that solid effort served the purpose of keeping the pot boiling and a repeat of his previous effort in the Galway Hurdle should be good enough to see Noel Meade’s gelding return to winning ways.

Not quite good enough for Graded company as of yet, the five-year-old has found life in handicaps more his cup of tea during the last year or so and his effort when fourth in one of the most competitive races run at the Punchestown Festival last season suggested he was always likely to take advantage of his 127 rating further down the line. Indeed, he didn’t have to wait too long for another victory to come his way when landing his very next start at Killarney and with connections deciding to pull the plug for the season, the big handicap at Ballybrit was the main focus of attention. In what appeared an above-average renewal, the son of So You Think ran close to a career high when finishing on the coat tails of the main players and given the way he was staying on in the closing stages, he very much hinted that a step up in trip at some point could bring about even further improvement. Up against a tenacious opponent on the Flat at Thurles last week, he was fully entitled to need the outing after a 70-day break and with conditions absolutely spot on for him on his return to hurdles, Jesse Evans rates a solid bet to confirm Punchestown form with Dysart Diamond and be too pacey for her stable mate Koshari, who has been out of sorts over fences of late.

Jesse Evans - 2pts @ 5/2

15:58 Hereford

LOST IN MONTMATRE (best price 11-8) comes here fresh from a race that was surprisingly good on the figures at Stratford last time out and a repeat will make Alistair Ralph’s mare hard to beat in this poorly-contested chase with just two opponents to face from her own sex.

A winner of a conditions’ hurdle back in her native France, the daughter of Montmatre has yet to add to her tally in seven start since joining her current yard, but since wind surgery, she has begun to build a slightly better and more consistent portfolio. Third on her handicap chase debut in a fair heat at Bangor two starts ago, she filled out the same position in a similar race for the grade last time out, but this time there was a good deal more substance behind her display. In what turned out to be a tear up on the final circuit, the five-year-old grey managed to stay in touch with the main players until failing to keep up the unrelenting gallop on the run-in, but with the numbers revealing that her class 5 race was faster than the class 4 chase won by Templemills by a whooping eight seconds (roughly 40 lengths), it just put into context her achievements in defeat eight days ago. Providing she comes out of that contest in reasonable shape and doesn’t ‘bounce’ to the moon off such an effort, this lightly-raced mare should have far too much game for the other pair.

Lost In Montmatre - 2pts @ 11/8