13:00 Ludlow

The Tom George trained JOBESGREEN LAD (best priced at 15-2) put in a career best performance according to RPRs on his chasing debut last time and he should hold strong claims if replicating that form. The six-year-old finished only 2 ½ lengths behind the favourite Nikap who won by 37 lengths on his next start with the pair pulling 8 ½ lengths clear of the third.

The handicapper has raised Jobescreen Lad 2lb for that effort which is fair and he also now steps up in trip from 2m to 2m4f for only the second time in his career. This looks an open 0-105 handicap and I will be disappointed if Jobescreen Lad isn’t involved in the finish.

Jobescreen Lad - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2

13:30 Ludlow

The Paul Nicholls trained MIRANDA (best priced at 5-4) won this race last season and she should prove hard to beat despite a 7lb higher mark. The six-year-old won by ½ length last season but that was from Miss Heritage who has some top handicap form since and is now rated 10lb higher than in this contest last season.

Miranda went on to win a Grade 2 Mares’ Hurdle at Doncaster in January in impressive style by 4 ½ lengths before finishing 2nd in a listed race on her return behind Molly Ollys Wishes. Angus Cheleda once again takes the ride this year (although now claiming 2lb less) and she should be able to make it 3/3 at the track. 

Miranda - 1pt @ 5/4

14:30 Ludlow

This race has only attracted four runners but it looks a competitive contest with preference going to the Fergal O’Brien trained GOLDEN TAIPAN (best priced at 15-8). The seven-year-old has a consistent profile for the past year with form figures this year of 164222313 including a victory over course and distance in October. That win came off a mark of 123 when he beat the reopposing Raya Time by 6 ½ lengths in receipt of 13lbs from that rival.

Raya Time is now 8lbs better off with Golden Taipan in this race but I was really impressed with his performance and I think he can confirm form with that rival. Son Of Camas has become disappointing recently and this looks a strong contest for Wild Max to make his chasing debut in so I expect it to be between Raya Time and Golden Taipan with preference going to the latter.

Golden Taipan - 1pt @ 15/8