12:10 Wolverhampton

DESERT EMPEROR (NAP) (best price 13-8) has shown improved levels of form since been fitted with a tongue-tie and following one of his career-best performances in a much tougher race over tonight’s C&D last time out, Ivan Furtado’s gelding looks booked to take advantage of a drop-down in grade.

A smooth winner of a maiden at the Dunstall Park venue previously, the son of Camelot was fancied to repeat the dose back in handicap company on his return visit and although he ultimately came up a little short, he still deserves quite a bit of praise in defeat. In what turned out to be a bit of a dust-up on the last circuit, the four-year-old looked to be getting the better of his protracted dual with race favourite Oz Legend but in doing so, he rather left his chin hanging to the later finish of Duke Of Verona. However, all the data from the backend of the race suggests the main players were trapping along at a fair old rate for the grade and if carrying forward the same qualities over to this sort of company, the top weight can prove he’s in a different league.

Desert Emperor - 2pts @ 13/8

16:00 Kempton

SID’S ANNIE (best price 13-2) ran a good deal better than the bare result suggested at Chelmsford last time out and having also run a nice race over today’s C&D on her debut, Mark Usher’s filly makes far more appeal than her position in the early morning lists indicate. 

A 50-1 poke for her opening bow here two months ago, the daughter of Farhh readily defied those odds with her end product by finishing off her race best of those held up to be a never-nearer runner-up to the more better-positioned Echosmith. Much shorter in the betting next time as a result of that promising initial display, she had to overcome an outside draw in order to justify second favouritism and although she acquitted herself with great credit, a slow start and poor early track position once again meant she was a bit of a Johnny Come Lately in the final two furlongs. Housed in a much better stall today, hopefully the two-year-old filly can break well enough to get herself a bit more competitive early on and as we know, if she’s within striking distance of the leaders turning home, there’s a good chance her finishing effort will be good enough to grab a piece of the action at the business end.

Sids Annie - 1pt e/w @ 13/2

17:00 Dundalk

HARRIET’S FORCE (best price 2-1) ran well considering the pace of last week’s contest wasn’t exactly run to suit and with the distinct likelihood of a much more generous gallop courtesy of Limit Long in the line-up, Keith Clarke’s mare can repair her slightly off-putting 1-34 strike-rate. 

Racing around the mile trip for the majority of her career, it’s only in her last two starts over middle distances that she’s really begun to blossom and following an eye-catching effort over 1m4f two starts ago, she strongly hinted her return to the winner’s enclosure wasn’t too far away. Seen to good effect in a well-run race previously, the stop-start gallop of her latest encounter meant she was just caught out of her ground as the runners finally decided to race turning for home and if it wasn’t for meeting interference inside the last two furlongs, she may have actually prevailed. Either way, the fact she managed to finish well ahead of several in-form rivals in hitting the line strong pointed towards a mare in decent nick at present and with a well-run extended 1m2f looking the order of the day, it would be a surprise if she doesn’t play a healthy role in the final outcome of this much weaker race on paper. 

Harriet's Force - 1pt @ 2/1