13:10 Stratford

Unexposed mare HARD AS NAILS could easily take a big enough step forward to win this on her return. She impressed winning a bumper at Ludlow and then followed up under a penalty at Kelso which is never an easy task. She shaped with encouragement on hurdles debut to finish third at Cartmel and given plenty of time since is expected to improve again. This looks winnable and the money is coming so I’m confident of a big run. Villainess was disappointing on handicap debut last time but back up in trip and back in maiden company she looks the danger. Value Added goes hurdling for the first time here and is another one to note.

Hard As Nails - 1pt @ 11/4