15:20 Wolverhamptom

This isn’t the strongest of events so most will fancy Nationwide to complete the hat-trick but Mark Johnston has often plotted his horses very well across this venue which has reflected with an impressive 23% strike-rate over the last five years (11-47) and that could be the case again here with GOBI SUNSET (best price 11/2).

His last three RPR’s on the all-weather have been 90, 87 and 90 which firmly puts him right into the picture and closely matched with the favourite. Despite being below that form in three subsequent turf starts, the four-year-old has become very well-handicapped, who’s 4Ib lower than when going close back in March, which also came in a higher-graded event behind a horse who was strongly fancied for the Victoria Cup earlier this month. 

He needs to get back on track but the return to this surface allied to a good slot in stall three, could see him dictate matters from the front. Whether he can quite repel the challenge of the unexposed favourite late into the action remains to be seen but, Joe Fanning, who has his only ride on the card for his boss, should be able to get a tune out of him which should make his mount difficult to pass granted positive tactics. 

Gobi Sunset - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/2

15:40 Market Rasen

LADRONNE (best price 9/2) was quite well-fancied for last month’s Highland National at Perth and while he was beaten somewhat twenty-plus lengths into fifth, the eight-year-old shaped a lot better than the result indicated and is sure to find today’s contest, which is less emphasis on his stamina, far less competitive. 

He travelled very well throughout and has dropped a pound in the handicap since too, while Sean Quinlan maintains the partnership who’s partnered him to his last two victories. The likes of Wake Up Early and The Very Thing arrive in good form but both need improvement to get the better of the selection, who’s rated 14Ib+ superior in terms of ratings and the form available and is taken to resume winning ways. 

Ladronne - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2

18:35 Chelmsford

A good race despite the small field sample size and with the potential rank higher, PETER THE GREAT (NAP) (best price 6/4) looks a fair bet to take top honours for his powerful handler. While he failed to land the odds at Newcastle last time, he pulled a long way clear of the remainder with the eventual winner and the cheekpieces have been applied here which should eke out a lot more improvement. 

He’s not really kicked on the heights most have expected of him so far since winning two of his first three starts but he travelled really well last time, where he looked like winning very easily but the winner wasn’t for passing. That said, he was still only beaten a length and while he’s gone up 3Ib, he’s weighted to beat Greatgadian on a line through Possible Man. If he handles the polytrack, he could prove too good for these in the latter stages. 

Peter The Great - 2pts @ 6/4

19:05 Chelmsford

BUGLE MAJOR (best price 7/1) hasn’t won in eleven starts and remains winless in the UK but he returned to form with a good fourth over this trip last month off top-weight, where he stayed on strongly to be nearest the finish and has been let in here off the exact same mark. This is possibly a stronger race but if the headgear works for a second consecutive time, he has every chance of finally delivering on his earlier promise for the Richard Hughes team in the Steve Robinson Barconn Limited Handicap.
Bugle Major - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1