14:30 Bath

RUBY COTTAGE (best price 11-4) has quickly established herself as a firm favourite with the locals with two wins and numerous placed efforts at the Somerset venue this season and with the only slight issue surrounding her prospects being a double-figure draw, there are enough other reasons to stay loyal to Malcolm Saunders’ filly.

Firstly, her ability to travel well off a strong pace is one of her main attributes and combine that skill with what she finds off the bridle and it’s easy to see why she has been so consistent all season long. After finishing a creditable runner-up to the smart Chipstead in the big final of the sprint series here a month ago, she returned to winning ways with a gutsy success over the same C&D next time and with the speed figure extremely healthy for the grade, the daughter of Coach House remains a filly well capable of being competitive off her revised rating. 

Ruby Cottage - 1pt e/w @ 11/4

15:23 Wetherby

It goes without saying, fitness is just as important as ability, if not more so at this time of the season, but with a decent record of going well fresh, a chance is taken on WHOSHOTTHESHERIFF’s (best price 11-4) class gaining the day at the first time of asking. 

A useful hurdler, just under the fringes of top class, Phil Kirby’s gelding, however, was always likely  to make into a better chaser given his physique and so it’s proved, with several performances in his first season over fences usurping what he achieved previously. Whether he was in small fields as a matter of course or just a coincidence, he benefitted from that set-up at Carlisle and Catterick, and with the latter victory coming at the main expense of the useful Evander, it’s clear he could run to a fairly decent standard when on song. Not up to Grade 2 level on his final outing of the season, the scopey son of Dylan Thomas returns to action of what could turn out to be a pretty decent handicap mark and with his stats of 3211222 when he’s been off the track for 50 days or more reading well, hope is high he can make a bright start to the campaign. 

Whoshotthesheriff - 1pt @ 11/4

17:00 Kempton

GOT NO DOLLARS (best price 4-1) has really found his feet since switching stables and focusing on the all-weather scene, and following a solid effort over tonight’s C&D last time out, Stuart Williams’ gelding looks poised to go well again in this similar event.

A no-show at Yarmouth on the turf when fitted with the tongue-tie for the first time since leaving Richard Hughes, the son of Showcasing had the same equipment on when sent to Chelmsford for his next outing and this time he justified similar market support by beating a fairly low-grade field with a bit to spare. Very strong in the latter stages at the Essex track, the three-year-old clocked a smart time for the grade and it was easy to see why he was a well-fancied to follow up here a month later. Unfortunately, he just got too far back in a race that got fragmented early, but he did at least finish off his race with some purpose for the second time in succession and that willingness to keep on strongly all the way to the line over this trip is one of the main reasons for keeping him on side. 

Got No Dollars - 0.5pts e/w @ 4/1