13:40 Down Royal

Bonnie Kelly was always likely to be a warm order given the way she won at Punchestown last week, but whether she quite deserves to be an odds-on poke is open to debate. For those seeking a value each-way alternative, TWO SHOE TOM (best price 11-2) steps forward as one of the most obvious candidates and, having run a good bit better than her finishing position suggests in a decent race at Navan on Saturday, a run of a similar level should be good enough for her to hit the frame at the very least.

Just one win in 24 career starts wouldn’t inspire maximum confidence in everyone, granted, but in her defence, she has run well in some pretty demanding races along the way. Her latest adventure, for instance, she was in a pretty deep contest for the grade and despite not being able to land a blow at the main players, she was noted doing some good late work from the rear of the field on the slowest part of the track (inside). Whether an extended two miles is a sufficient test for her nowadays could be argued, but at the same time, today’s stiff track should counterbalance that slight concern and in any case, she’s been chalked up the sort of price which does offer plenty of wriggle room.

Two Shoe Tom - 1pt e/w @ 11/2

15:10 Down Royal

ECHOES OF FAMILY (best price 3-1), like most of today’s field, would have little chance up against second reserve, Routine Excellence, should Gavin Cromwell’s in-form gelding get a run, but as that scenario is pretty unlikely, the top weight has a fair opportunity of capitalising on his absence.

A largely disappointing type over the years, the 10-year-old grey, however, has sprung into life over the last six months or so and effort when runner-up to the top-class Envoi Allen in a Grade 2 back here in November was a truly remarkable one. A long way behind at halfway, the daughter of Echo Of Light stayed on best of the rest in the final half a mile and even though she got soundly beaten by a horse rated 163, she still managed to defeat the likes of Fairyhill Run, Coko Beach and Vado Forte. Obviously, there is a certain amount of flattery attached to that performance given the way the race panned out, but as her time figure stands that day, she would only have to go anywhere near it for her to be good enough for today’s opponents. Unsuited by the tight nature of Tramore last time, a return to this big, wide-open, galloping circuit should see her in a much better light and she’s worth another chance to finally get off the mark.

Echoes Of Family - 1pt @ 3/1

15:30 Lingfield

MUMMY’S BOY (NAP) (best price 13-8) had his victory from his latest encounter at Wolverhampton boosted when runner-up Dark Company obliged at Southwell last week and with the potential of even more to come now he seems to have really found his stride, Charles Hills’ gelding can continue his progression.

A largely frustrating character on the turf last season, connections probably realised that had to change something in order to get better results when he only beat one horse home on the all-weather at Kempton last November, so off he was shipped to the operating table for gelding. Back to the fray after a two-month break, the son of Footstepsinthesand must have been doing some good work at home because he was well supported before tackling what appeared a very competitive handicap at the Midland venue, and as it proved, the money in his direction was well placed. Keen early despite a pretty decent pace, the four-year-old was finally restrained to race handy going down the back straight and then once shaken up to go and chase the leaders turning for home, he stayed on strongly to win going away. Considering how much energy he expended in the early part of the race 15 days ago, his finishing kick was quite remarkable under the circumstances, so providing he relaxes a bit better through the first half a mile of today’s contest, he’s going to be a pretty hot property for his five rivals to handle at the business end.

Mummy's Boy - 2pts @ 13/8