13:45 Wetherby

There is a big field for this 0-100 handicap but preference goes to the top weight ROCK OF STAR (best priced at 10-3) who runs here under a 7lb penalty. The Alex Dunn trained five-year-old showed very little in his first three starts over hurdles but made a mockery of his opening handicap mark of 99 at Chepstow.

Rock Of Star was well backed into 4/1 joint favourite that day and travelled well throughout the contest before easing clear by 4 ½ lengths. He runs here under a 7lb penalty which makes him 4lbs “well in” at the weights following an 11lb rise from the handicapper and he should prove hard to beat with Adam Wedge once again retaining the ride.

Rock Of Star - 1pt @ 10/3

14:05 Gowran Park

Klassical Dream is without doubt the one to beat in the Galmoy Hurdle despite his penalty but I feel ANY SECOND NOW (best priced at 22-1) in the without Klassical Dream market looks extremely overpriced. Connections will no doubt be plotting his way to another attempt at the Aintree Grand National this season but he runs here in what looks a weak race bar the favourite. Any Second Now is a versatile horse who has sprung surprises at big prices in the past and has a lot less to prove on form than the likes of Gentlemansgame and Mr Adjudicator who are shorter than him in the market.

Royal Kahala looks the obvious each way angle into the race but this is her first attempt at 3 miles and she could suffer late on if they attempt to go with Klassical Dream and I am hoping that Any Second Now can stay on well late on and pick up the pieces.

Any Second Now wo Klassical Dream - 1pt @ 22/1

19:00 Newcastle

A competitive 5f handicap to close the card at Newcastle but preference goes to the Grant Tuer trained BLAZING HOT (best priced at 11-4) who won for the column 14 days ago over this course and distance. The five-year-old gelding is 2/2 over 5f for the yard and stayed on well under Oliver Stammers last time to win by ½ length at the finish.

Christian Howarth now takes the ride in this apprentice handicap but he looks good value for his 3lb claim so that looks a positive despite his 3lb rise. The small field should mean he doesn’t get too far back and I expect him to stay on well once again over this 5f trip and complete a hat-trick of wins over this distance.

Blazing Hot - 1pt @ 11/4