14:37 Gowran Park

The Joseph Murphy trained Tall Story (best priced at 5/2) is 0-10 in his career so far but looks to have been found a great opportunity to shed his maiden tag. The three-year-old has finished placed in four handicaps so far including when only beaten a nose at Killarney 16 days ago off a mark of 70. 

The handicapper has raised Tall Story 2lb for that performance up to a mark of 72 which makes him joint top-rated in this field alongside the Joseph O’Brien trained Draconid but that rival has been badly out of form in recent runs. His stablemate Equus Deus is less exposed with only three runs but I am hoping that the application of first time cheekpieces means that Tall Story can get off the mark at the eleventh attempt. 

Tall Story - 1pt @ 5/2

15:30 Pontefract

The Archie Watson trained Arctic Emperor (best priced at 5/1) has been in consistently good form this year with form figures of 22111244. The three-year-old won handicaps at Haydock, Bath and Brighton earlier this season with his final victory earning him a 5lb rise up to a mark of 87. He finished 2nd off that mark at Sandown in an Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap in August before slightly disappointing when upped to 1m4f last time. 

Arctic Emperor now drops back down to 1m2f but is also now fitted with first time cheekpieces for this race. He has been generously dropped 2lb by the handicapper back down to a mark of 85 and he should run well with Hollie Doyle back on board. 

Arctic Emperor - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1

17:15 Pontefract

The Karl Burke trained Rayong (best priced at 11/4) won over this course and distance last season off a mark of 93 and he now looks well handicapped off a mark of 81 in this race. The gelding had struggled so far this season but ran well back over this course and distance last time to finish a close 2nd off a mark of 80. 

The handicapper has raised Rayong 1lb for that ½ length defeat where he was actually unlucky not to win as he was hampered by the winner in the final 100 yards of the race. Silvestre De Sousa takes over from Sam James on the four-year-old and he should prove hard to beat over a course and distance we know he performs well at. 

Rayong - 1pt @ 11/4