12:20 Aintree

BRANDY MCQUEEN (best price 3-1) could probably do with this race being run at Kelso in an ideal world, but either way, his performance at his favourite venue last time entitles him to receive maximum respect in this slightly lower grade.

A dual winner back in May, the son of Yeats has since returned to action to fill out the frame in each of his three starts and with the latest of those exploits coming when runner-up in a very hot Class 3 event at the Borders venue, his stock remains on the rise.

Indeed, the time figure and subsequent form of that race 28 days ago suggests he’s better than ever and, with trip and conditions to suit, another positive outcome is anticipated.

Brancy McQueen - 1pt @ 3/1

12:27 Chepstow

Makin’yourmindup ran out a convincing winner over today’s course last time out but in the first division of the same maiden hurdle, GALUDON (NAP) (best price 7-4) shaped really well in what looked the stronger race of the pair and Harry Whittington’s gelding can improve sufficiently enough to cause an upset.

Having his third run for current connections since leaving his Irish base, the son of Saddler Maker looked to have it all to do against several with more solid profiles and although that theory played out to a certain degree at the Welsh venue, he did more than enough to suggest he would be interesting next time out.

Not quite having the tactical speed of the main players, that included yesterday’s subsequent Grade 2 winner Henry The Second (winner also gone in again), the six-year-old kept on well enough from three out to offer plenty of hope for the future and with his final circuit time working out extremely favourably compared to today’s market leader, it would come as no surprise if were to come out on top.

Galudon - 2pts @ 2/1

13:30 Aintree

SOUNDS RUSSIAN (best price 9-2) has suggested all along that it’s only a matter of time before he finds himself pitched in against the very best and arriving here off a career-high performance at Kelso on his seasonal bow, Ruth Jefferson’s gelding Is taken back up that view.

Beginning life over fences on a mark of 111, the son of Sholokhov’s rapid rise in the ranks is highlighted by the fact he now finds himself a genuine 157 horse and that is largely down to the fact he beat a smart field at the Borders venue with seemingly quite a bit to spare. Always travelling well 42 days ago, the seven-year-old picked up the running after the second last and from that point he gradually pulled clear of his rivals to win by a comfortable four-and-a-half lengths.

A horse on a seriously upward curve on the evidence of his performances in the last twelve months and hailing from a trainer who knows a thing or two about handling one with such a high rating

(Waiting Patiently was 170 in his pomp), this likeable and improving chaser can put himself firmly on the map in this division.

Sounds Russian - 1pt @ 9/2

14:27 Fairyhouse

There’s several lightly-raced types with sexy profiles to consider in this competitive-looking handicap, but as far as current and proven form is concerned, CARRIG ROCK (best price 9-1) easily holds all the aces based on his latest effort in a cracking renewal of the Brown Lad Handicap at Naas last time out.

Held up in mid-division, Peter Croke’s gelding made steady headway to race just in behind the leaders turning for home and although he couldn’t quite get on terms with the main player in the final half a mile, he kept on well enough to finish a creditable fourth. Numbers-wise, the race in question came out by some way the best hurdle race on the card and with the handicapper somehow seeing fit to drop the Shirocco in the ratings allied to the fact he’s run well over today’s C&D in the past, the combination of those two factors make him an extremely tempting proposition at the morning odds.

Carrig Rock - 1pt e/w @ 9/1

14:40 Aintree

RIDERS ON THE STORM (best price 3-1) once again proved what a good horse he is when on-song with his gutsy success in the Old Roan Chase over today’s C&D last time out and with that form by a country mile the best on offer coming into this afternoon’s contest, Richard Hobson’s gelding rates a strong choice to prove that point.

Winner of The Betfair Ascot Chase back in 2020, the son of Scorpion had amazingly gone on such a barren run in the interim period that his latest victory was his first since that Grade 1 affair, but with him seemingly over all his troubles that have plagued him in recent times (got injured at Cheltenham then was sick afterwards) a thing of the past, he can hopefully kick on from here on in.

Impressing with the way he jumped and travelled at the Merseyside venue, the subsequent performances of the likes of Hitman and Ga Law have proved what a quality performance the nine-year-old dished out that day and with connections keen to give their charge ample time to get over those exertions, a 41-day break should be a sufficient enough period for him to come back in the same sort of shape.

Riders On The Storm - 1pt @ 3/1

18:50 Wolverhampton

TENJIN (best price 6-1) had to settle for second place in round two of his clash with Elegant Charm at Kempton last time out, but he was by no means disgraced in defeat and a run of a similar standard should be good enough for Marco Botti’s inmate to play a prominent role in the final outcome.

A strong fancy to uphold the form with his old rival back at the Sunbury venue last time, unfortunately for his supporters he found himself in a position whereby it was always likely he would struggle and although he did his level best to try and retrieve the situation, the dye was already cast.

The way he stayed on in the closing stages, however, signified a horse still very much progressing and with tonight’s slicker surface threatening to play into his strengths even more, the son of Night Of Thunder makes plenty of each-way appeal at the morning prices.

Tenjin - 1pt e/w @ 6/1