13:25 Newmarket

Leg 1 Selections: Metahorse, Pembrokeshire

Michael Bell’s METAHORSE displayed greenness but distinct promise when a keeping-on third on debut at Chester and did well to finish where he did considering he was forced to race wide, which is never ideal around that course. There was enough evidence in that performance to substantiate an even bigger showing here though, so he’s taken to confirm that promise and potentially open his account in the opener.

Of the debutants, I think the William Jarvis-trained PEMBROKESHIRE is very interesting, who’s bred to get a bit further in time. His trainer is no stranger to success with two-year-old’s and this good-looking youngster is likely to attract plenty of market support based upon his background and pedigree. He is a tentative alternative choice ahead of Rogue Lightning, who is another newcomer to note for Tom Clover. 

14:00 Newmarket

Leg 2 Selections: Eight Of Diamonds, World Without Love

EIGHT OF DIAMONDS is proving really consistent, who’s not been outside the top two in his last six starts, and is able to compete off the same mark as when second last time. Harry Davies is booked to ride, who claims five-pounds, and if the first-time cheekpieces can eke out a bit more improvement, Sean Woods’ charge has solid excellent claims with conditions to suit.

Mark Johnston’s WORLD WITHOUT LOVE has finished no worse than fourth in all her career starts to date and her form is continuing to work out well too. She was just behind Fresh Hope (82-rated) on seasonal debut and ran a good race from the front at Doncaster last time when third. Dropped in grade on return to a handicap, she’s a danger under Joe Fanning, who’s one of the best front-running jockeys around.

14:35 Newmarket

Leg 3 Selections: Lethal Levi, Devaste

Karl Burke’s LETHAL LEVI doesn’t know how to run a bad race and having doubled his tally for the season on his penultimate start when showing his customary tough attitude, he ran an excellent race to finish fourth at York in a class two large-field handicap, faring best of those who were up with the pace. Back down in class, off the exact same mark, he has to make the team-sheet for leg three. 

DEVASTE also contested the same race as Lethal Levi at York last time, where he was narrowly in front of the former when third. He’s also having a good year, in which he beat a 99-rated rival at Leicester on his penultimate start and should appreciate the ease in grade here. Harry Davies is booked to ride on this occasion, who’s five-pounds claim will be a major plus and it’ll be a surprise if his mount is not up to continuing his trend of improvement here. 

15:10 Newmarket

Leg 4 Selections: Sea Tsarina

William Haggas looks to have found SEA TSARINA a good opportunity to remain unbeaten and defy her penalty. This daughter of Sea The Stars warmed to the task nicely on debut at Yarmouth, where she made nice progress through the field to win going away in the closing stages, without being asked for maximum effort, leaving the impression she can only get better. 

The form is nothing to shout about but she looked above-average that day and should have loads more to come for her powerful handler. I think her main danger will be Asraabb, who didn’t enjoy the best of trips at Wolverhampton last time, but the former is the only one of these with winning form and sets the bar pretty high so, with her stable in good form, she can follow-up under Tom Marquand. 

15:45 Newmarket

Leg 5 Selections: Deodar

Rob Hornby will undoubtedly be disappointed to have lost the ride on Westover in the Irish Derby this weekend but he can bag himself a deserved winner in leg five as he gets the leg up on the highly-promising DEODAR, who’s won two of his three starts. He makes his handicap debut off a mark that may underestimate him with plenty more to offer given the substance of his form to date.

This son of Bated Breath did the job well on debut when beating Witch Hunter, who’s boosted the form by winning and finishing twice in a pair of Listed events since. He then got back to winning ways at Doncaster last time on his reappearance and was a one length second to Flaming Rib on his second start in a Listed event. The winner subsequently finished second in the Commonwealth Cup, so the form is red-hot, and I expect Ralph Beckett’s charge to make it three-from-four here.

16:20 Newmarket

Leg 6 Selections: Enforced

This is a decent little race which can see Roger Varian’s ENFORCED make a successful handicap debut. He has improved each start and outgunned an odds-on favourite when last spotted at Brighton, winning with much more in hand than the neck margin indicated. The runner-up has since returned a next-time-out winner, so the form is working out well, and he could take some stopping here. 

Roxzoff only found one too good in his hat-trick bid last time and should run his usual honest race but the former is open to more improvement and has the potential to rank a bit higher than his official mark in due course. With the return to a mile holding no fears, he can take his career record to two wins from just four starts.