14:10 Stratford

The Charlie Longsdon trained PARRAMOUNT (best priced at 2/1) has attracted strong market support overnight giving the hope that the six-year-old will be fit enough to do himself justice on his return from 541 days off the track. The gelding was a high class bumper horse two seasons ago with two 2nd placed finishes and a win at this course by 4 ¾ lengths in March 2021. He ran in the Grade 2 Aintree Bumper behind Knappers Hill but could only finish midfield before having wind surgery in November 2021. 

Clearly Parramount has had issues since as he missed all of last season but he now returns from 541 days off the track still full of potential on his hurdling debut and I expect him to start making up for lost time. 

Parramount - 1pt @ 2/1

15:05 Pontefract

The Rebecca Menzies trained WYNFORD (best priced at 5/2) won this race last season and he should hold strong claims of a repeat victory off only a 4lb higher mark. The nine-year-old has had various trainers in his career but he has a good record for this yard with four out of his five career wins on the flat coming for them. He won this race last season by 4 ¾ lengths off a mark of 65 following a run at Pontefract in September and he has had the same prep this year. 

Wynford won on his penultimate start at Carlisle off a mark of 66 before finishing a close 3rd by ¾ length at Pontefract last time. He runs here off a mark of 69 which is 4lbs higher than his victory in this race last season but he arrives in better form and I expect him to prove hard to beat. 

Wynford - 1pt @ 5/2

15:20 Stratford

This looks a competitive 0-110 handicap but preference goes to LAND OF MY DELIGHT (best priced at 5/2) who showed improved form on his handicap debut last time. The David Jeffreys trained six-year-old had previously finished well beaten in three novice hurdles when sent off 100/1, 250/1 and 250/1 before finishing 2nd on his handicap debut at Worcester in July. 

That run came off a mark of 97 over 2 miles where he got outpaced over the minimum trip before staying on well to finish 2nd by 6 ½ lengths. This step up in trip to 2m6f should suit him based on that evidence and he should run well off the same mark. 

Land Of My Delight - 1pt @ 5/2