12:55 Stratford

MAKKA PAKKA (best price 4-1) has yet to score in 13 starts, but he’s certainly edging closer to the holy grail and following a narrow defeat over today’s C&D last time, Dr Newland’s gelding is afforded another chance to break his duck.

Pulled up the time before having bled from the nose, as a result, the eight-year-old was very easy to back at the Midland venue 12 days ago but despite his general unease in the market, he ended up posting close a career high performance. In what turned out to be a strongly run race for the grade, the son of Duke Of Marmalade fared best of those who chased a furious pace and even though he succumbed to the late flourish of course specialist, One Forty Seven, he still managed to see off one of today’s main rivals Romanor, who travelled well before finding very little off the bridle. Hopefully that effort would have done his confidence the world of good and under similar conditions, only a resurface of his internal problems can prevent him from not being involved on his return visit.

Makka Pakka - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

13:03 Lingfield

Quite a lot of deadwood in this modest middle-distance handicap but the same can’t be said about ROGUE POWER (NAP) (best price 5-4) who has the potential of proving a cut above this sort of opposition based on his opening gambit against handicap company last time.

Promising in three maidens where the opposition was pretty hot, Tom Clover’s gelding was handed a mark of 65 on his first realistic chance to be competitive at Yarmouth nine days ago and, having been well-backed beforehand, he justified he money in his direction by only finding one too good. In turn, the speed figure of the race at the seaside track was extremely slick for the grade and with the front two pulling seven lengths clear of the rest, it’s easy to come to the conclusion he was a shade unlucky to bump into a similarly well-treated three-year-old. Due to go up 5lb in the ratings in the near future, connections are obviously keen to get him out in order to take advantage of the system and having already run well over today’s C&D in a useful maiden previously, it would be disappointing to say the least if this lightly-raced three-year-old weren’t to feature in the final analysis.

Rouge Power - 2pts @ 5/4

14:13 Lingfield

William Haggas has captured this prize twice in the last five years with fillies going into the contest rated 94 and 93 respectively, so even though SEA LA ROSA (best price 9-2) technically has a bit to find with her main market rival Sayyida, this progressive filly will hopefully find the necessary improvement to bridge the gap.

Working her way through the ranks from landing a handicap at Redcar off a mark of 83, the daughter of Sea The Stars was sent into battle in order to try and obtain some black type at Newmarket last time out and although she didn’t manage to win, a creditable third-place finish would have no doubt still gone down well with connections. Outpaced going down into the dip, the three-year-old chestnut kept on well once meeting the rising ground and with that in mind, she should appreciate today’s slightly longer trip. Well drawn and with plenty of all-weather experience tucked under her belt, another positive display looks on the cards from this consistent filly.

Sea La Rose - 1pt e/w @ 9/2

15:05 Ffos Las

BILL BAXTER (best price 13-8) was withdrawn from a tempting engagement at Aintree over the weekend due to unfavourable ground conditions, but with no worries on that score here this afternoon, Warren Greatrex’s gelding can prove that he is by some way the best prospect in today’s line-up by scoring on hurdles debut.

Runner-up in a useful Irish point, the son of Milan made his rules debut in a bumper at Fakenham and despite leaving the impression the track was far from ideal, he still had the qualities to overcome that slight negative with a convincing success. Upped in class for what turned out to be his final run of the season, the five-year-old grey ran with great credit to finish fourth in a hot listed contest at Newbury and with the form of the race working out a treat since with the likes of I Like To Move It, Gelino Bello and Might I all making an impact over hurdles already this season, it would be somewhat of a disappointment if this likeable sort didn’t follow suit providing fitness isn’t an issue.

Bill Baxter - 1pt @ 13/8