15:15 Nottingham

There’s fair chance Gordons Aura will prove a different proposition with the sporting of the first-time visor, but whether he deserves to be such a short price up against MUKHA MAGIC (best price 11/4) is open to debate and Gay Kelleway’s gelding is fancied to maintain his excellent relationship with today’s track.

Placed on his first two visits to the Midland venue, the son of Mukhadram arrived here 12 days ago following a useful effort behind the progressive Winterwatch at Kempton and even allowing for the fact he was back down in grade at Class 6 level, a seven=length victory still managed to supersede expectations. Winning his third race in five starts, he clearly is in the form of his life and with a fairly versatile approach regarding tactics, he should have all bases covered no matter how today’s race develops.

Mukha Magic - 1pt @ 11/4

16:25 Nottingham

The combination of a stable switch and the first-time hood paid instant dividends for connections of COOPERATION (best price 11/4) here last week and with today’s race looking an obvious opportunity for him to follow up, the son of Mehmas deserves to be played accordingly.

A little outpaced as Hiya Mate set strong fractions at the Midland venue, the four-year-old didn’t look to be going anywhere in a rush two out, but no soon as he’d looked a complete right off, he picked up the bridle well inside the final furlong to get up close home.

Clocking a smart speed figure for the grade, he once again proved that given a well-run six-furlongs he’s fairly useful at this sort of level and with today’s line-up containing several who like to get with things up front, he should receive a similar set-up to what he enjoyed here five days ago.

Cooperation - 1pt @ 11/4

17:00 Nottingham

NINE ELMS (best price 4/1) just found the drop back to a mile at Doncaster last time out a little on the sharp side, but now returning to a C&D that saw him totally boss a similar race two months ago, Roy Bowring’s gelding is strongly fancied to serve it up again from the front.

Really good on the figures that day back in June, the seven-year-old only narrowly failed to duplicate the feat in a similar race at Yarmouth next time and although things didn’t pan out for him on his latest start, he still managed to run to a pretty decent standard in defeat. Indeed, the numbers suggest he ran close to a career high on Town Moor and with the winner, fourth and seventh all going on to boost the form since, there’s every chance he will do so himself at a track he knows pretty intimately.

Nine Elms - 1pt @ 4/1

17:40 Carlisle

CRIME FICTION (best price 15/2) shaped with an immense amount of promise on her debut at Beverley two weeks ago and with today’s extra furlong likely to see her in an even better light, Tim Easterby’s filly can prove more than the bit-part player she was at the Yorkshire track.  

Sent off 33/1 for her opening bow, clearly big things weren’t expected from the daughter of El Kabeir and although those pre-race sentiments partly came true, her overall performance had to go down as an encouraging one all the same.

Green and miles behind at halfway, she began to pick up nicely passing the two-furlong pole and she continued that progress all the way to the line, eventually finishing on the coat tails of the main players. Likely to have gained an awful lot from that initial experience, she should prove a totally different proposition here today and at the morning prices, she rates a reasonable each-way choice.

Crime Fiction - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2