16:40 Goodwood

This looks a competitive 0-85 handicap but a chance is taken on MR MONACO (best priced at 7/1) on his handicap debut. The Ralph Beckett trained three-year-old ran well to finish 4th over an inadequate trip of 6f on his debut last season before getting off the mark at Leicester over 7f by ½ length. 

Mr Monaco was an eyecatcher when 6th at York on his final start last season when 6th in a valuable sales race despite being hampered in the closing stages. He looked outpaced that day over 7f so this step up in trip to a mile for the first time will suit and he has also been gelded over the winter. An opening mark of 82 should underestimate him and he is expected to run well for the in form Ralph Beckett stable. 

Mr Monaco - 0.5pts e/w

16:45 Curragh

The Ger Lyons newcomer No Such Thing is respected but I will be disappointed if NEW THEORY (best priced at 3/1) doesn’t get off the mark in this race. The Fozzy Stack trained filly finished a close 2nd to Royal Ascot contender Camille Pissarro on their debuts at Navan over 6f with the pair pulling 1 ¼ lengths clear of the third that day. She was then expected to win her next start at Cork but the drop to 5f didn’t suit and it is no surprise to see her back at 6f for this race. 

Seamie Heffernan has developed a good relationship with the stable this season and New Theory is expected to get off the mark at the third attempt. 

New Theory - 1pt

20:45 Pontefract

Last year’s winner VENTURA EXPRESS (best priced at 4/1) returns to Pontefract for the first time since and should prove hard to beat off only a 3lb higher mark. The Paul Midgley trained seven-year-old won this race by 3 ¼ lengths last season before finishing 2nd by less than a length at both Doncaster and York off a mark of 84. He finished 3rd beaten a length off a mark of 82 on his final start last season and returns from a break to make his reappearance off the same mark.

A mark of 82 should underestimate Ventura Express based on his victory in this race last season and he should prove hard to beat. 

Ventura Express - 1pt