13:30 Doncaster

The fact we only have three runners for a Class 4 nursery at one of the UK’s premier racetracks on a Saturday is an indication there’s something seriously wrong with the game at present, but putting the politics of our great sport to one side, it does at least provide TRANSFER AFFECTION (best price 11/4) with a chance to make a breakthrough after several promising outings of late. 

Taking a couple or runs to learn the ropes, Kevin Ryan’s filly actually ran better on the figures than her finishing position suggested in an above-average novice event over today’s C&D two starts ago and she went on to prove once again she’s definitely going the right way with her effort at Newmarket last time out. In what looked a competitive fillies’ nursery on paper beforehand, the daughter of Acclamation kept on well over on the unfavourable far side of the track to finish a close-up fourth behind Immortal Beauty and with the winner and sixth home (Glorious Angel) both going on to boost the form since, it’s easy to make a strong case for her doing the same off what still appears a workable rating. 

Transfer Affection - 1pt @ 11/4

14:50 Ripon

If history is any guide, a race where the runners are almost certain to split into two groups and with the roll of honour littered with horses who have benefitted for racing close to either rail, MISTY GREY (best price 8/1) can take advantage of getting a nice tow into the business from stall 15. 

Not only has Tom Dascombe’s inmate been presented with a potentially favourable draw next to confirmed trail blazers Justanotherbottle and Emerald Spirit up the nearside fence, he also has the sort of classy profile that none of his rivals here today possess. 

Campaigned mainly over seven-furlongs in recent times – he even tried a mile three starts ago – the son of Dark Angel proved that today’s trip was no barrier to success at Chelmsford last time out when landing a strongly-run Class 2 handicap off top weight, which was a far cry from having to take on the likes of Aldaary, Pogo and Laneqash as he had done in several previous racecourse visits. Strong at the finish at the Essex track, he still looked as though he had plenty left in the tank and with the added bonus of being successful on his only previous outing over today’s C&D (as a juvenile), the consistent five-year-old grey can prove that his handler still knows a thing or two about winning big handicaps. 

Misty Grey - 1pt e/w @ 8/1

14:55 Curragh

PRISONERS DILEMMA (best price 4/1) did really well in light of the strange decision to run him over five furlongs at Tipperary last time out, but now returning to a more realistic task over a track he enjoys, Johnny Levins’ admiral sprinter can stamp his authority in a race far removed from the ones he’s be tackling of late. 

Having been seen as a solid 80/85 rated handicapper at best for the thick end of year, the son of Toronado has suddenly shot to prominence in a higher grade courtesy of several superb efforts in some quality sprints on home soil and you can measure his level of improvement based on his run in a Group 3 over today’s C&D back in June. Just touched off by the useful Teresa Mendoza, the fact he beat the likes of Power Under Me, Pirate Jenny and Measure Of Magic highlights just how far he has come in a short space of time and he went on to back up that performance with another creditable run back at the Co Kildare venue behind Order Of Australia, Pearls Galore and Dr Zempf, who are all considered top class on their day by connections. Considering he was asked to race against a couple of track specialists at one of the fastest five-furlong courses in Ireland last time out, it was little wonder he struggled to keep tabs on the two main players, but even so, he still performed with great credit in keeping on well for third. Looking at today’s race, it’s clear there is a stark contrast to the sort of opposition he’s been tackling of late so therefore it would come as a huge surprise if the six-year-old chestnut wasn’t able to put up a bold display despite his welter burden. 

Prisoners Dilemma - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

15:05 Perth

FINISK RIVER (best price 4/1) gained an overdone success at Bangor last time out and with his confidence bound to have been suitably boosted, Donald McCain’s gelding can keep his resurgence in form going since fitted with the cheekpiece/tongue-tie combination. 

A 135-rated performer in his prime back in 2020, the son of Red Rocks had rather lost his way in the interim until returning to life at Uttoxeter after a 65-day break and that runner-up spot pre-empted what was about to happen at the Welsh venue last time out. Nicely backed to capitalise on his tumbling mark, the nine-year-old set his stall out to make all the running and although there were moments in the final half a mile that he might not land the gamble, he ultimately found more reserves when hard pressed close home. Unsurprisingly Brian Hughes is keen to keep the ride on the veteran and having run well on his only previous visit to the tonight’s Scottish venue, he is expected to play a significant role. 

Finisk River - 1pt e/w @ 4/1

15:35 Newbury

Based on yesterday’s action at the Berkshire venue, being positioned somewhere near the front isn’t a bad place to be on the straight track and with the likelihood POGO (NAP) (best price 10/3) will almost certainly get an uncontested lead in this Group 2 contest, Charles Hills’ admiral sort is strongly fancied to back up his career-high performance at Goodwood last time out. 

A really likeable type who wears his heart on his sleeve, the son of Zebedee has the form and class in the bag at a high level to back up his honesty and his latest performance at the Sussex venue is a fair barometer is an indication of what he is all about. Setting off to make it a proper test in what looked a stellar Group 2 contest, the six-year-old looked like getting completely swallowed up at the furlong pole, but to his great credit, he rallied to the cause and he was actually coming back at Sandrine and Kinross as the line approached. Successful when making all on his two previous starts, a flat track over seven-furlongs suits him just fine and even though today’s contest is the same in status as the one he tackled 18 days ago, it’s fair to say, the quality of opposition is nowhere near as tough. 

Pogo - 1pt @ 10/3