14:30 Ayr

ANIMORE (NAP) (best price 2-1) ripped the guts out of her rivals at Hexham last time out and a repeat to anywhere near the same level of performance should be good enough for Iain Jardine’s mare repeat the dose. 

By no means prolific, the daughter of Sulamani has, however, popped up every now and then and following two solid efforts over fences during the summer months, she posted a career-high performance at the Borders venue 16 days ago. Sent to the front from an early stage, the eight-year-old soon had her four opponents on the ropes and by the time she’d jumped the last, victory was a foregone conclusion. Clocking a very useful overall speed figure, it’s also worth noting she ran the final circuit much quicker than the other two chase races on the same card and with conditions here today’s likely to be pretty similar, she should prove hard to peg back off just a 5lb higher mark.

Animore - 1pt @ 2/1

14:20 Wexford

It’s difficult to know why RICKY BOBBY (best price 4-1) hasn’t run for 108 days, such was his ease of victory at Cork, but providing all is well with John Walsh’s gelding, he easily has enough quality to stamp his authority on afield of this nature.

Third in a soft ground maiden hurdle at Clonmel back in March, the son of Elusive Pimpernel made an immediate mark on his first foray into handicap company and given the manner of his victory at the Mallow track, it certainly won’t be the last time he finds his way into the winner’s circle. Always travelling well in what turned out to be a strongly run race for the grade, the six-year-old sauntered into the lead three out and from that point onwards defeat was never an option. Although raised in the ratings accordingly, the form of the race has worked out as such to suggested he could have been hit even harder retrospectively, so providing he can handle today’s testing ground for the first time, a bold show looks a distinct likelihood. 

Ricky Bobby - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

16:00 Leicester

DASHING ROGER (best price 3-1) wasn’t quite up to the standard expected of a white-hot Class 2 handicap at Ascot on Champions Day last time out but he should turn out to be a totally different kettle of fish in a race he won last season – especially as the ground is going to be pretty similar. 
Drawn highest of all at the Berkshire venue, William Stone’s gelding was always likely to be fighting a losing battle and so it proved, as he could never land any sort of blow to the main players that including a whole plethora of horses likely to be running at pattern level next season. However, his record in smaller fields on genuine soft ground or worse reads 32211 so we are more than likely to see the sort of display that allowed him to boss a useful field at Sandown back in May. Following up that effort with another victory at Ascot three months later, the son of Fast Company also took his turf win tally to 5 in 14 and with him being the only one of today’s line-up with a C&D success under his belt, he can make that experience count in the final analysis. 

Dashing Roger - 1pt @ 3/1