12:30 Sedgefield

BETTY BALOO (best price 5/2) shaped really pleasingly on her return to action at Market Rasen last time out and with the distinct likelihood of improvement to come with that initial run under her belt, Tim Easterby’s mare looks booked to add to her long list of consistent performances. 

Yet to finish out of the first four in her ten career starts, the daughter of Schiaparelli added to that list of positive result when chasing home the front-running Happy And Fine at the Lincolnshire track and with the pair well clear of the field, it’s easy to come to the conclusion she ran somewhere near to her best. 

Good enough to finish third behind the smart Theatre Glory (rated 137) in the final of Herring Queen Series at Kelso last season, she now reverts back to her own sex at a track where she’s gone well twice in the past and she deserves to be played accordingly. 

Betty Baloo - 1pt @ 5/2

14:00 Exeter

WALK ON HIGH (best price 18/1) ultimately got beaten a fair way in a useful maiden hurdle at Chepstow last time out, but he showed more than enough to suggest he’s much better than his finishing position indicated and providing he’s allowed to run on his merits (could be a long-term handicap project), Harry Fry’s gelding has the ability to easily outrun his morning odds. 

Held up right out the back in a keenly-contested event at the Welsh venue, the son of Walk In The Park was clearly ridden in that way in order to get him to switch off and having achieved the first goal, the second part of the contest is where he showed his true worth. Making up rapid headway in the hottest part of the race, the worked his way into a closing fourth after the third last but it was from that point his huge effort began to take its toll and he eventually faded back into seventh. 

Looking at his circuit time of 2.37.7 compared the winner American Sniper (2.38.6) and winner of the second division, Tahmuras (2.38.0), the numbers suggest he was one of the best horses’ ability-wise on show in each race and those qualities are likely to come to the fore at some stage during the rest of his career. Whether that will prove to be the case today is open to question, but either way, this talented individual is one to keep on side for the future and is worth watching intently. 

Walk on High - 0.5pts e/w @ 18/1

14:10 Sedgefield

DECORATED (best price 11/4) could never quite lay a glove on the potentially smart Paramount at Hereford last time out, but with seemingly facing nothing of that quality in this weaker race here this afternoon, the son of is strongly fancied to make the long trip up North count. 

A shade disappointing when bidding to make all the running at Stratford, the four-year-old chestnut seemed more at home taking a lead off the front runner at the Midland venue last time and although he made little impact on Charlie Longsdon’s inmate in the final half a mile, he kept on stoutly enough to see off the rest. 

Speed figure-wise, the race 24 days ago was noted for its excellent time for the grade and with the possibility of more to come now racing over further, the son of Nathaniel has a decent opportunity to get off the mark over hurdles. 

Decorated - 1pt @ 11/4

18:00 Dundalk

HOWYOULIKETHAT (NAP) (best price 3/1) produced an extraordinary burst of speed to land a competitive handicap over tonight’s C&D last time out and considering he had to overcome a coffin box draw to achieve that feat, Hilary McLoughlin’s gelding rates a strong choice to follow up housed in a more favourable stall on his return visit. 

A promising third in a similar race the time before, the son of Requinto looked to have it all to do when handed box 15 of 16 in his bid go two places better, but not only did he have the quality cast that big negative aside, he also posted a set of numbers to suggest he is improving a rapid rate of knots. Still last turning for home, the five-year-old ended passing the entire field in the final three furlongs and in doing so he managed to finish off his race in 33.1, which a time normally associated with five-furlong sprinters. 

Clearly a horse going places based on that evidence, he’s going to be extremely hard to stop – even allowing for his raise in the ratings – if in the same sort of mood. 

How you Like that - 2pts @ 3/1

19:00 Dundalk

ACES WILD (best price 10/3) was only narrowly foiled in the dying strides of a similar contest a week ago and with seemingly nothing to fear in terms of opposition on his return visit, John McConnell’s inmate makes plenty of appeal at the morning odds. 

Promising on his opening gambit at the Co Lough venue over five-furlongs, the son of Dandy Man clearly learnt plenty from that initial experience because he was out like a flash on his return visit three weeks later. Looking very much like he was going to prevail all the way down the straight having raced prominently throughout, the lightly-raced three-year-old just lost out in a bobbing finish to the more experienced Ebtsama, but with the pair well clear of the rest, his performance has to go down as a massive improvement.

Back over the same C&D tonight, with another smart break he is likely to take plenty of pegging back from the front. 

Aces Wild - 1pt @ 10/3