11:15 Lingfield

GRANARY QUEEN (best price 5/2) left the impression she was a little unlucky not to capture her latest race at Chelmsford and although the daughter of Dragon Pulse is not for punters with a nervous disposition, she clearly has the ability to make amends granted a clear run.

Often slowly away, Eve Johnson Houghton’s filly wasn’t actually that tardy into stride at the Essex venue six days ago, but she still, by design, found herself towards the rear at halfway. Making a swift move as the field turned for home, it soon became apparent she needed plenty of luck in running to succeed and although she did her level best to wriggle her way out of trouble, Lord Rapscallion had sneaked his way clear at the head of affairs.

The way she hit the line strongly suggested she arrives her today in the form of her life and having saved some of her best performances for today’s venue, the four-year-old looks the answer to this tricky puzzle.

Granary Queen - 1pt

15:00 Leicester

CALICO (best price 11/4) ran really well in a hot contest at Chepstow last time out and, with conditions very much in his favour on just his third start over fences, Dan Skelton’s inmate can keep the fine run of his yard going in the right direction.

A dual winner over hurdles, the son of Soldier Hollow made a bright start to his life over fences when third in a strongly-run affair at Hereford last season and following several attempts back over the smaller obstacles, he was back to his newest discipline at the Welsh venue 35 days ago.

Although proving no match for the easy winner Datsalrightgino, the time figure of the race indicated he’d run somewhere approaching a career high and with the winner going on to show up prominently in a much better race at Newbury next time, the form looks solid.

Left on the same mark despite those exploits, connections are clearly keen on pursuing a path beyond two miles and if that project does work out, he has every chance of capturing a race on this nature.

Calico - 1pt

15:15 Dundalk

SENOR CARROTS (best price 9/2) has yet to feature in the finish on his three starts at today’s track but, as he’s shown more than an ample amount of ability each time, there’s more than a fair degree of hope he might prove good enough to get off the mark now stepping back up in trip.

A never-nearer sixth from a bad draw on his first visit to the Co Lough track, Andy Oliver’s gelding then caught the eye when not getting the clearest of runs in a competitive handicap won by the in-form Linus Larrabee over a furlong shorter. Surprisingly dropped even further in trip on his latest start, it was no great shock to see the son of Pride Of Dubai on his head from a long way out, but to his ultimate credit, he did keep on quite well in the closing stages to finish a respectable fifth.

Back up to a mile, reasonable well drawn and tongue-tied for the first time, the four-year-old chestnut is worth another stab to see whether he can finally deliver the goods.

Senor Carrots - 1pt e/w

16:55 Kempton

ABBEY’S DREAM (best price 9/4) took a huge step forward when a creditable runner-up at Chelmsford last time out and having already shaped well over today’s course on debut, the combination of those two factors will hopefully tip the balance in favour of Archie Watson’s filly.

Finding six furlongs just on the sharp side on her opening gambit, the daughter of Tasleet seemed much more at home over an extra furlong at the Essex venue 27 days ago and although she couldn’t quite contend with the useful Perdika in the closing stages, the time figures suggested she’d run to a pretty high standard in defeat.

Drawn well tonight for a filly who seems to like being ridden handy, a good break shouldn’t leave her with too many excuses if she fails in getting the job done.

Abbeys Dream - 1pt