15:20 Ayr

Lack of match fitness and the late thrust of track specialist Soto Sizzler were the only two things that prevented ACHELOIS (best price 5-2) from making a successful return at Epsom last month and, having already proven herself up to this level on her final outing of last season, Andrew Balding’s filly looks ready to take the step back up in grade in her stride.

A three-time winner last term, the daughter of Zoffany found up the campaign with an excellent effort in a listed contest at Doncaster and that gave connections a clear vision of how to campaign her as a four-year-old. Starting off in handicap company off what looked a competitive mark, she would have made a mockery of her 93 rating had she not just got a little tired late on, but she came out of the race at the Surrey venue with her reputation at an all-time high. The way she went through that well-run affair 29 days ago pointed towards a filly who very much has a touch of class and with today’s opposition well within her range based on what we’ve seen of her in recent times, a big run looks on the cards from this progressive type. 

Achelois - 1pt @ 5/2

17:10 Warwick

JOKE DANCER (best price 3-1) looked on good terms with himself when he scored with plenty in hand at Kelso last time out and, having taken a shine to today’s venue in the past, a return to the Midland venue should see Sue Smith’s gelding put in a bold bid to maintain his unbeaten track record. 

A dip in form coincided with him having a tendency to jump to his right but with that trait seemingly corrected, he’s been able to win two of his last three starts. Making all to land a three runner affair at the Borders venue back in March, the son of Authorized went on to repeat the dose in a much better race on his return visit two months later and with the time figure coming out very good for the grade, he clearly is in the form of his life. Up 7lb for that success, he still remains lower than the mark he won off when victorious here back in 2020 and with conditions ideal and a strong pace guaranteed, the nine-year-old makes plenty of appeal. 

Joke Dancer - 1pt @ 3/1

18:00 Kempton

Given the form of his yard and his profile, First View has to be considered a danger to all, but even allowing for the fact he could turn out to be well handicapped, he will have his work cut out up against in-form ENCOURAGED (best price 4-1), who himself appears to have plenty in his favour. 

An unlucky third here three starts ago, James Fanshawe’s gelding finally gained due rewards for his consistency when scoring at Southwell last time out and with the speed figure and subsequent form of those in behind suggesting it was a very good race of its kind (both Inver Park and Mostallim won in last two days), he seems to have done extremely well to have only just a minor tweak with his rating. Although he’s predominately raced over seven furlongs in the last year or so, he’s often hinted that a step up in trip might suit and with the way he travels in his races a trait likely to give himself every chance in that department, the son of Elzaam rates an extremely strong box-ticker on most fronts. 

Encouraged - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

20:20 Southwell

CAMEMBERT ELECTRIC (NAP) (best price 13-8) impressed with the way she scored at Newton Abbot two weeks ago this in-form mare looks poised to strike again while still allowed to run in Class 5 company. 
Off the mark at Wetherby on just her second start in handicap company when seemingly appreciating a step up in trip, the daughter of Sholokhov came unstuck when dropped back to two miles at Chepstow next time out. Much better suited by the extra yardage at the West Country venue last time, the way she powered clear in the closing stages – running the fastest circuit time -  strongly suggested she will get even further in time and, with today’s extended 2m4f distance likely to prove ideal, this well-handicapped mare is expected to take few prisoners. 

Camembert Electric - 2pts @ 13/8