14:55 Cartmel

LIHYAN (best price 7-1) seemed to show a decent level of improvement just shy of three miles for the first time at Market Rasen last time out and while clearly in the form of his life, he deserves to be kept on side accordingly.

Noted going a long way from home at the Lincolnshire venue, Rebecca Menzies’ inmate loomed up pulling the proverbial cart two out and once given his head after touching down, he showed a nice turn of foot to put the contest beyond doubt. 

Despite Porter In The Park foreshortening the winning margin (well clear of the rest), the overall time figure and final lap splits suggested it was a performance of some note and with good ground one of the key ingredients to that career high success, the smooth-travelling six-year-old can take the step up in grade in his stride providing today’s track doesn’t receive any significant rain.  

LIHYAN – 1/2-point each-way @ 7-1

16:55 Huntingdon

Salvatore seems to have turned a corner since the tongue-tie/cheekpiece combination were installed and could easily be a step or two ahead of the assessor but even so, EZ TIGER (best price 4-1) won with a degree of authority at Plumpton last time out and the numbers he posted that day suggests he should keep the jolly honest at the very least. 

A horse who races sparingly due to his appreciation of decent ground, Alex Hales’ gelding was brought back to the fray after a three-month sabbatical to contest a competitive heat at the Sussex venue and after picking up the running going well three out, he stayed on powerfully to run out a ready winner. 

Clocking a smart time for the grade, the third home, Colonel Leslie, did the form no harm with a commendable effort under the circumstances at Hereford on Friday (given too much to do) and providing the rain stays away, he can put up a bold bid to repeat the dose. 

EZ TIGER  - 1-point win @ 4-1

18:00 Ballinrobe

Zenta was seriously underwhelming on her chasing debut here 20 days ago and she is readily passed over in favour of MIGHTY TOM (NAP) (best price 2-1), who has already accumulated a decent body of work over fences. 

A smart hurdler, good enough to finish a close-up sixth in last season’s Galway Hurdle despite been subjected to a modest ride, Cian Collins’ inmate hasn’t quite struck gold yet in his new vocation but given his first two runs were a baptism of fire against graded opposition, he can be afforded some slack on that score. 

Running way better than his finishing position suggested in one of the most fiercely competitive handicap chases of the entire week at the Punchestown Festival last time, the form of the race in question has already been boosted by The Dasher Conway, and with the strong possibility he won’t be as far behind as he was 25 days ago (25 lengths last at halfway), the nine-year-old can prove too good in the latter stages for today’s rivals. 

MIGHTY TOM – 1-point win @ 2-1