17:05 Worcester

LESSANKAN (best price 13/2) didn’t do a great deal wrong on his first outing under rules for current connections at Ffos Las last time out and providing he can translate that effort over fences back to hurdles, the son of Samum has a fair chance of competitive in this open-looking concluding handicap. 

A four-time winner in the point field during the Spring, David Brace’s gelding was sent chasing with a view of trunintg to exploit what appeared a lenient handicap mark of 89 and if it wasn’t for bumping into the revitalised Judge Earl on a going day at the Welsh venue, he would have made a mockery of that rating.

No fewer than 21 lengths clear of the rest, the time figure also agreed with his overall display and even though there’s been an inevitable tweak in his mark subsequently, the numbers still suggest he’s quite a bit better than his revised assessment.

Whether he can be just as effective over hurdles remains to be seen, but with today’s test over the brush hurdles often suiting a chaser’s technique, there’s a decent chance he can make a reasonable successful attempt back in this sphere. 

Lessankan - 1pt e/w

18:30 Roscommon

There was a lot to like about the way BALLYBAUN STAR (best price 7/2) secured his first career victory at Ballinrobe last time out and with the figures backing up the visual impression of the performance, Thomas Gibney’s gelding can make just as a big an impact in tonight’s much tougher assignment. 

An ordinary-looking maiden hurdle on paper at the Mayo venue ended up being a very strongly run affair with the overall time figure and final circuit sectionals much better than the likes of Prairie Dancer and Two Shoe Tom in their respective races over the same C&D, the son of Beat Hollow clearly ran to a level far beyond his previous efforts.

Suited by a sharp, right-handed circuit over the brush hurdles on the evidence of that display 35 days ago, there’s every reason to feel upbeat about a similar performance being forthcoming. 

Ballybaun Star - 1pt e/w

18:45 Ripon

MARBUZET (NAP) (best price 12/5) has been gradually improving throughout the summer and with his breakthrough success at Thirsk coming as due reward for his overall consistency, the confidence he gained at the Yorkshire venue can be carried forward in to today’s similar test. 

Runner-up to the in-form Appier over today’s C&D previously, Tim Easterby’s gelding was upped in trip in a bid to finally get off the mark and although he managed to achieve the feat five days ago, he left the impression that 1m6f stretched his stamina to the limit.

Considering the time figure was very heathy too, it’s little wonder he was running on vapours inside the final furlong, but with the front pair clear of the rest, the form still reads well in the context of today’s race. Back in trip over a course he will be familiar with more than most, the son of Farhh rates a strong choice to follow up.

Marbuzet - 1pt