16:50 Bangor-on-Dee

GLOBE PLAYER (NAP) (best price 7/4), right from his first outing in a bumper, has always shaped like a horse that would be suited by a test of stamina and having proven that point last time out at Southwell, Stuart Edmonds’ inmate rates a strong choice to repeat the dose under what should turn out to be arduous conditions here today.  

Placed in first three races over hurdles, connections reached for the first-time cheekpieces at the Midland venue and having travelled sweetly throughout the three-mile journey, he readily pulled away in the latter stages to record a facile 16 length success. 

Despite being eased down on the run-in, the five-year-old still managed to record the best speed figure on the seven-race card (12 seconds quicker than the other three mile handicap won by Hobbs’ Delight) and hailing from a yard who has hit a rich vein of form at present (five out of last six runners have won), he can take care of his only main danger on paper, Catch Him Derry. 

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Globe Player - 2pts @ 7/4

17:05 Wincanton

Famous Clermont is undeniably one of the classiest hunter chases around and simply must be chalked up as favourite but whether he deserves to be quite so short in the betting up against LIEUTENANT ROCCO (best price 4/1) under today’s conditions is open to debate and the latter-named rates a sporting choice at the morning odds to spring a mini surprise. 

Having his first outing in this sphere at Taunton last time out, Syd Hosie’s gelding took the field along at a decent pace throughout majority of the 2m7f journey and it was only the late burst of speed exhibited by strongly fancied favourite, Macklin, that prevented him from making all. 

The feature of that race at the west country venue was the very useful speed figure it produced in comparison to the rest of the card (five seconds quicker than the handicap won by Enjoy Your Life over the same C&D) and with the winner extremely well regarded among the hunter chase ranks, his performance was clearly a good deal better than at first glance. 

A creditable fourth in last season’s Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, the nine-year-old is clearly no mug and with the Famous Clermont maybe slightly vulnerable on heavy ground, he can go well in his bid to soften up the favourite from the start.

Lieutenant Rocco - 1pt @ 4/1

20:00 Kempton

MAN ON A MISSION (best price 9/4) exhibited a smart turn of foot to capture a similar contest to the one he faces this evening and providing Luke Morris can get some early cover on his mount from his outside gate, he can follow up on his return to the Sunbury venue. 

Racing over tonight’s C&D for the first time 10 days ago, the son of Swiss Spirit had to sit and suffer up the inside rail until a gap appeared at the cutaway just over two furlongs out, but as soon as he saw some daylight, he was quick to take advantage and he readily drew clear of his toiling rivals. 

Clearly just as effective over six furlongs than the minimum trip, the five-year-old will have to keep his eye on his old rival, Holbache, who is better drawn of the pair on this occasion, but providing he is within range turning for home, confidence is high he can run him down in the closing stages. 

Man On a Mission - 1pt @ 9/4