13:05 Haydock

THEME TUNE (best price 5/2) shaped with a good deal of encouragement on his first start for new connections at Kelso earlier this month and with the strong possibility of further improvement to come with the all-important run under his belt, Nick Alexander’s gelding receives the confident vote to regain the winning thread.

A dual winner in 2021 for Jonjo O’Neill, the seven-year-old rather lost his way during the depths of Winter last season but, as a result, he began life for his new yard off what looked a workable mark. Given the way he travelled before understandably getting a bit tired in the latter stages of a well-run affair at the Borders venue strongly suggested he should provide his new connections with plenty of fun further down the road and with today’s testing conditions likely to be more in his favour than most, the son of Fame And Glory can make a bold bid to back up that view.

Theme Tune - 1pt @ 5/2

13:15 Ludlow

ON THE PLATFORM (best price 3/1) performed miracles to finish a creditable fourth in this race last year after virtually falling at the first ditch, and with his most recent effort likely to have brought him on nicely in terms of match sharpness, the locally-trained gelding is fancied to make amends.

Returning to the fray after a 202-day break at Uttoxeter recently, the six-year-old was well supported beforehand to overcome his absence but despite holding every chance throughout the 2m4f journey, he could never quite come to terms with several fitter rivals.

Although he stays three miles well, today’s intermediate trip probably suits him best and with today’s conditions ideal for the son of Valirann, a big run looks on the cards.

On The Platform - 1pt

14:25 Lingfield

CHICHESTER (best price 7/2) is developing into a proper all-weather specialist and following arguably one of his best ever performances at Chelmsford last time out, Keith Dalgleish’s can continue to thrive in this environment.

Runner-up at Southwell over a mile previously, he left the impression a return to a more suitable trip based on his overall profile would see a more positive outcome and true to form, that theory came to fruition at the Essex venue 22 days ago. Held up towards the rear following his typically slow start, the son of Dansili still had plenty on his plate as the field turned for home but, in producing a powerful late surge up the inside of the track, he soon cut down his opposition to win going away.

Clearly at his best when held up off a strong pace, hopefully his telling turn of foot he harbours will prove the decisive factor at the business end.

Chichester - 1pt @ 7/2

16:00 Dundalk

SILVER NEMO (best price 9/1) is by no means a win machine, as two victories in 27 start suggest, but he has run extremely well on his last four outings at today’s track and with any amount of luck in running, he’s likely to do so again.

Racing over the minimum trip for the first time here last week, the son of markaz was soon on the back foot after a tardy start, but to his great credit he managed to rescue something from the wreckage by staying on strongly in the latter stages to grab a small slice of the purse. Seemingly not staying seven-furlongs the time before, today’s shorter journey should turn out to be ideal, so providing he breaks reasonably well from his favourable draw, his usual strong finish is likely to carry into the thick of the action late on.

Silver Nemo - 0.5pts e/w

19:50 Kempton

Godolphin looked to have a strong hand in this listed race sending both Siskany and Wild Crusade to post, but such was the performance of BELLOCCIO (best price 4/1) over tonight’s course last time that there wouldn’t be any shock if David Menusier’s gelding proved good enough to spoil the party.

Beaten 33 lengths when last of four in a Class 2 handicap on his previous outing at Salisbury, it was easy to see why the son of Belardo was sent off a 16/1 chance in a similar event here last time, but returning to a surface that had seen him shine in the past, he was able to cast aside that disappointing effort with some panache.

Held up towards the rear of the field, the four-year-old grey made a rapid move as the race began to develop in earnest and in no time at all, he soon established a clear lead. Keeping his foot firmly on the pedal, he maintained the relentless gallop all the way to the line and in notching up a convincing four-length victory, he ended up posting a very fast time figure.

One of the few horses in recent times to dip under the magical 2.03.0 circuit time (2.02.7), Belloccio is clearly a totally different proposition when it comes to the Sunbury venue and even though there’s a strong possibility he will have to raise his game to another level on his return visit, the numbers suggest he’s likely to prove equal to the task.

Belloccio - 1pt e/w