13:00 Ludlow

ON THE PLATFORM (best price 4-1) ran about as well as could be expected up against the well-treated Representing Bob at Bangor last time out and with John Groucott’s gelding coming out of that strongly-run affair still on the same mark, there’s every chance he could go close to getting off the mark over fences at the second time of asking.

A winner over hurdles at the same track on his final start of the season, the son of Valirann did pretty much all what was asked of him on his first foray over the larger obstacles at the Welsh venue, he just didn’t have the necessary speed to go with the eventual winner after the last. That said, he did keep on well enough not to be discredited and with the time figure backing up the visual aspect of the display, a performance of a similar level can see him amongst the main players in the final analysis here this afternoon.

On The Platform - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

15:15 Musselburgh

Whether or not BRAY HILL (best price 7-2) would have won at Carlisle last time out but for running out at the last is a topic for debate but either way, he has the look of a potentially well treated horse on his first outing in handicap company and he deserves to be backed accordingly.

A dual point-to-point winner in 2020, James Ewart’s gelding was a bit of a disappointment on his rules debut at Wetherby when unsuited by a slow pace, but it didn’t take him long to readdress the balance at Carlisle next time out, running out a comfortable winner of a useful maiden hurdle over 2m3f. Operated on for his wind during the off-season, the son of Sholokhov returned to action at the Cumbrian venue after a 224-day break and having set decent fractions from the start, he was still a length or so clear on the approach to the last when he decided to exit stage left. Given the standard of the opposition he was up against that day based on their subsequent achievements (Harper’s Brook ran well for a long way in a Grade 2 at Sandown and Famous Bridge lowered the colours of the well-regarded High Stakes next time), it’s not difficult to come to the conclusion that an opening assessment of 118 probably does him a disservice and with today’s track likely to play into his strengths considering how much pace he exhibited 36 days ago, the six-year-old rates a strong choice at the morning odds.

Bray Hill - 1pt @ 7/2