13:20 Lingfield

Charlie & Mark Johnston have a strong hand in this 1m4f handicap and preference goes to the David Probert ridden MARCH LAW (best priced at 6-1) who comes here having been gelded since his last run. The four-year-old was a good juvenile who finished 2nd in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot before being off for over a year following an injury. He returned from that break to run with credit on his three starts on the AW where he finished 2nd and 3rd at Kempton off marks of 93 and 95 before finishing a close 2nd at Newcastle 71 days ago off a mark of 95.

March Law finished only two lengths behind King Of The South that day and the winner has since boosted the form with two wins since and is now rated 12lbs higher. March Law runs here off the same mark of 95 and should run well from Stall 2 with up to four places available.

March Law - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1

13:45 Ascot

This doesn’t look the strongest renewal of the Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle and I am willing to take a chance on the only course winner in the line-up which is STONER'S CHOICE (best priced at 16-1). The seven-year-old has a really consistent profile over hurdles with form figures of 2111214363 which includes a six length victory over 2m5f here in March off a mark of 139.

Stoner’s Choice is now back down to the same mark and hasn’t been disgraced on his four starts since off higher marks. This return to Ascot should suit him well and he looks overpriced with four places on offer.

Stoner’s Choice - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

14:35 Haydock

Royale Pagaille holds strong claims of repeating last year’s victory in this race but I feel LORD DU MESNIL (best priced at 12-1) is overpriced given his good form at the track on soft ground. The nine-year-old has form figures of 1121 at the track and despite his best performances coming over 3m4f rather than this trip of 3m1½f I do think he will be hard to keep out of the frame. His latest course win came in February last year off a mark of 149 in the Grand National Trial and he bounced back to form last time with a close 2nd at Wetherby on Boxing Day in desperate conditions.

That was off a mark of 150 and the handicapper has raised Lord Du Mesnil 2lbs up to a mark of 152 but the presence of Royale Pagaille means he only has to carry 10st13lbs which will be a huge help in these conditions. Bookmakers are offering four places on the race and despite him likely getting outpaced over this trip, he will no doubt be staying on well at the finish. 

Lord Du Mesnil - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1