14:15 Navan

AMAZING EMMA (best price 4/1) came out worst of the argument between Curraheen Queen and herself here last time out, but given how she travelled and the amount of traffic she encountered, there’s a decent chance Liam McAteer’s mare can turn the tables on her old rival.

Well-supported in the market here 14 days ago despite being disappointing the time before, the daughter of Mehmas was noted travelling well towards midfield at the halfway stage, but while gaps came just at the right time for the eventual winner, she had to sit and suffer and wait for opportunity to strike. Unfortunately, she didn’t get going in time and the dye was cast, but considering how well she finished off her race once out in the clear, it would be a difficult to argue the case that she wouldn’t have won. Nicely drawn in the centre of the pack on her return visit, her effort here last time and her overall record at the Co Meath track strongly suggest she should be there or thereabouts.

Amazing Emma - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

15:10 Chester

SPIRIT MIXER (NAP) (best price 9/4) has looked a horse right on top of his game on his last two starts and with Callum Hutchinson continuing to thrive on the four-year-old, the combination are fancied to complete the hat trick.

Shaping as though in need of the run on his first outing for 194 days at Salisbury back in April, Andrew Balding’s gelding returned to the Wiltshire venue two weeks later to contest a similar event, but this time he made no mistake in beating three useful opponents in pretty convincing fashion. Clearly better suited to the 1m6f journey that day, he once again displayed his preference for that sort of trip with another victory at Chelmsford last time out and given the manner of his performance, it’s easy to see why the handicapper has tried to prevent further embarrassment. Despite the anticipated rise, his speed figures have been as such that it’s possible the assessor is still someway short of his true worth and with today’s track set to suit his strong-travelling nature, the in-form chestnut receives a confident vote to continue his progression.

Spirit Mixer - 1pt @ 9/2

15:19 Cartmel

ASK PADDINGTON (best price 13/2) has really found his sweet spot over the last few weeks and his good run of form looks set to continue despite being up against several in similarly decent shape. 

A creditable runner-up to the progressive Vintage Fizz at Hexham two starts ago, Rebecca Menzies’ gelding was well backed to go one place better at Market Rasen next time out and, having travelled well throughout, he readily came clear to justify the heavy support in his direction. The fact he managed to post another solid time figure despite being eased down in the closing stages says a lot for his current wellbeing and even allowing for the fact the assessor has tried his best to kept tabs with the eight-year-old he may still have enough in the locker to keep his head above the parapet. 

Ask Paddington - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2

15:30 Haydock

A trappy renewal of this Group 3 with at least five having strong claims on the pick of their best form, but providing LANEQASH (best price 6/1) is somewhere near his peak on his first run for 246 days, Roger Varian’s gelding has every chance of beginning his campaign in the best possible fashion.

It’s probably a fair comment to say just one win in six starts for the son of Cable Bay is a modest return given his ability, but at the same time, there have been times when circumstances have been out of his control. Twice rain has scuppered the talented four-year-old – most notably on his final outing as a juvenile – and he also had the misfortune to bump into the top-class filly Sacred on a proper going day at Newbury last season. However, it’s that performance and time figure that gives him a decent chance of landing today’s prize if repeating the same level of form and, as it came on his first outing for 294 days, there’s a fair chance he will arrive here in a similar vein, fresh and well after another long break.

Laneqash - 1pt e/w @ 6/1

16:35 Navan

ACCOMPLISHED (best price 12/1) shaped with a good deal of promise on her seasonal bow at today’s venue and even though Kieran Cotter’s filly is taking a significant drop in trip, she’s still fancied to outrun her morning odds back among her own sex.

Slow away and always in rear on her sole start at two, the Mastercraftsman filly was once again caught on heels on her seasonal bow here a month ago and, as a result, she found herself well behind as the field turned for home.  She did, however, make up a huge amount of ground in a very short space of time to gather in the leaders at the furlong pole and even though she couldn’t quite see the job through all the way to the line, she did more than enough to suggest there are plenty of races to be won with her further down the line. When and at what trip is going to be the difficult thing to predict but, as today’s heat appears a good deal weaker than the one she encountered 35 days ago, she has to be worth a small roll of the dice.

Accomplished - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

20:15 Salisbury

DUKE OF VERONA (best price 3/1) could never land a meaningful blow in a competitive handicap on his seasonal bow at Ascot but, as there were mitigating circumstances beyond his control that day, William Jarvis’ gelding is afforded another chance.

Gelded over the winter and racing in the first-time cheekpieces, the son of Belardo was forced to race towards the rear of the field in the early stages - partly due to the fact he was drawn in stall one – and then for good measure he was denied anything like a clear run when trying to challenge up the inside of the track in the home straight. Where he would have finished with smoother passage is a bit of guessing game, but either way, he was clearly a good bit better than the bare result suggests and he’s worth playing to back up that view in this less taxing environment over a trip that should suit.

Duke Of Verona - 1pt @ 3/1