16:10 York

Charlie Appleby saddles the top 2 in the betting here and ready preference is for WILD CRUSADE (best price 2/1) with the Doyler in the saddle. This Dubawi colt has won his last two starts on the AW at Kempton and he looks to be getting better with experience. That form where he beat Nahanni has been well advertised this season and I thought he was always the winner on reappearance where he readily held off a solid yardstick in Aegis Power. He looks sure to improve again now tackling turf and the hat-trick beckons. Stablemate New Comedy is 2-2 and likely won’t go down without a fight but I thought he showed signs of inexperience despite winning at Haydock and might need more to remain unbeaten here. Highland Reel colt Speycaster is a horse I like as well and he shouldn’t be entirely overlooked as he is still learning his trade as well and will enjoy this trip.

19:20 Hamilton

This would have to be one of my most confident Notebooks for a long time. FARHAN (best price 2/1) had progressive form as a 3yo and looked a colt to follow beating Calling The Wind in the November Handicap at Doncaster on final start. I thought he shaped with more than enough encouragement on return on the AW at Kempton last month and with the step up in trip coupled with soft ground he is hard to get away from now. He just looks a cut above these with the possible exception being Tribal Art who still looks to be improving. He bumped into Forza Orta last time so on that form looks the one most likely to chase the selection home. Get Shirty won at Thirsk and then conceded first run when second at Ripon last time so you could argue a case for him too but I think he’ll need more as the selection still has a hell of a lot of potential. Heights Of Abraham best of the rest.