12:07 Market Rasen

GERARD MENTOR (NAP) (best price 7/4) arrives here in terrific form, winning three of his last four races, and with his latest performance coming on ground not necessarily thought to be ideal, Kim Bailey’s inmate deserves to be kept on side while still allowed to run in Class 4 company.

Sent off at 7/1 at Ludlow 10 days ago despite winning in tidy fashion previously, the six-year-old cast aside any doubts about handling genuine soft ground with a performance of total authority and it’s also worth pointing out his time figure was pretty good even allowing for the fact the conditions deteriorated drastically throughout the card.

Clearly benefitting from the acquisition of a visor in recent times, the son of Policy Maker has a fine chance of making it 4-4 when combining with Kai Lenihan around a track where he has enjoyed success in the past.

Gerard Mentor - 2pts

12:55 Wincanton

ANNIE MAGIC (best price 3/1) impressed with the way she travelled before eventually being brushed aside by the useful Lutinebella at Exeter last time out and even though she faces no easy task up against another smart performer from a powerful stable, she’s expected to more than hold her own. 

A springer in the market prior to the off at the West Country venue, your eyes were drawn to the way Jeremy Scott’s mare was going turning for home, and although she couldn’t quite get by the market leader in the latter stages, it was a performance still surrounded with promise. 

Entitled to improve significantly for that outing after a 240-day break, the daughter of Westerner should be able to see her race off better today and with extra yardage likely to see this former point winner in a better light, anything other than a massive run has to go down a huge disappointment.

Annie Magic - 1pt

14:25 Wincanton

Time may tell BORN AT MIDNIGHT (best price 5/2) faced an impossible task trying to match the very well treated Paseo in the latter stages of his latest encounter at Ludlow the other day, but with seemingly nothing of that calibre in today’s field, Bill Turner’s gelding is fancied to regain the winning thread.

Although the official description in the Racing Post said the ground was good-to-soft at the Shropshire venue, by the time the rain had got in the ground by race two it was obviously a good deal slower and in the end, the combination of the change in conditions and a Venetia Williams’ mud lark just proved a bridge too far.

That said, he still managed to keep on well to finish a respectable runner-up and now returning to a more favourable surface against the kind of horses he’s beaten before, the seven-year-old shouldn’t be too far away.

Born At Midnight - 1pt

16:30 Chelmsford

UNPLUGGED (best price 4/1) was more than a shade unlucky when denied a clear run late on at Wolverhampton last time out and with today’s more wide open expanses offering a better opportunity for him to get into top gear when it matters, the son of Alhebayeb has a decent chance of making the trip down South worthwhile.

Dropped back to a more suitable trip at the Midland track after not seeing out 1m4f at Newcastle previously, the six-year-old was well backed in the lead up to the race, but unfortunately for his legion of supporters, he never got the breaks at the right time in the home straight and he ended up finishing just outside of the money.

Form-wise, that competitive affair from 33 days ago looks solid when you consider what the likes of Mafia Power and Haku have gone on to achieve since and with tonight’s race almost certain to be run at a decent clip with Overstate in the line-up, Michael & David Easterby’s gelding rates a solid each-way play at the morning odds.

Unplugged - 1pt e/w

18:00 Chelmsford

ALJARI (best price 15/2) left the impression he would have gone close to landing a similar race to the one he contests tonight’s here last time out and with any amount of luck in running on his return visit, Tom Clover’s gelding has a great chance of making amends.

Having his first outing for his new trainer 26 days ago, the son of Quality Road was noted travelling particularly well rounding the home turn, but just when he was trying to go for a run up the far side rail, the door got slammed in his face.

Finishing his race off to good effect despite his momentum being severely compromised, there was clearly more running left in the tank that the bare result suggests and providing he gets a smoother passage on his return to the Essex track, there’s a strong possibility he can add to his previous course win from several years ago.

Aljari - 0.5pts e/w