15:05 Tuesday

An above-average size field for the Coventry containing a whole host of potential improvers and one of the most imposing in the line-up, COWARDOFTHECOUNTY (best price 5-1), is fancied to make the biggest step forward. 

Making his debut in a Curragh maiden back in April, Joseph O’Brien’s colt was no better than mid-division at halfway but once asked to open his impressive stride, he ran down his rivals in taking fashion and by the time he’d hit the line, he was well and truly on top. 

Clocking a smart speed figure, the subsequent efforts of the runner-up, Whistlejacket, suggested he ran to a high standard on his opening gambit and with the physical attributes to improve as the season progresses, the son of Kodi Bear should take high rank among his peers. 

COWARDOFTHECOUNTY – 1-point win @ 5-1

Of the those at a bigger price, supposed Godolphin second string SYMBOL OF HONOUR (best price 18-1) is no forlorn hope and he deserves more respect than he has been afforded in the market. 

Seemingly finding things happening too quickly for him at Newmarket on debut, he looked a totally different proposition over further on a more conventional track at Lingfield last time out and it’s worth pointing out the time figure he ran was easily the best on the card. 

With the second and fourth both going on to boost the form since, genuine fast ground will suit this long-striding colt more than most and he rates the best value of the outsiders in what looks a wide-open affair. 

SYMBOL OF HONOUR – ½ point each-way @ 18-1

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17:05 Tuesday

A race that trainers with a National Hunt licence have farmed in recent seasons so no real surprise to see the likes of My Lyka and to a lesser degree, Zanndabad dominate the market. 

However, for those prepared to look outside the box, there could be a smidgen of value to be had with DIVINE COMEDY (best price 16-1), who arrives here very much on an upward curve judged on her demolition of a competitive field at Haydock last time out. 

Finding 1m4f on the sharp side on her seasonal bow, Harry Eustace’s mare stepped up to trip more in keeping with her profile at the Merseyside track and having travelled well throughout a strongly run affair, she came readily clear to score by five lengths. 

Although the soft ground may have slightly overplayed her performance to a degree, her time figure and those she beat suggest she could be worth a crack at some black type at some stage and with the strong possibility that a proper stamina test over this trip will suit, the daughter of Le Havre is worth a roll of the dice at the prices. 

DIVINE COMEDY – 1-point each-way @ 16-1

18:15 Tuesday

Again, another race where Willie Mullins has bookmakers running scared and it would come as no major surprise if Belloccio were to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Vauban. 

Looking further afield down the less obvious route, ALSAKIB (best price 11-1) strikes as one who could go well at a significantly bigger price, and he deserves playing accordingly. 

A game winner of the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket last season, a race that has a tradition of throwing up decent future stayers, Andrew Balding’s inmate has just come up a little short when asked to tackle quality performers at Group level so far this season but at the same time, he hasn’t been totally disgraced.

At Chester last time, for instance, he kept on well enough from the abck of the field to finish within a respectable distance of genuine Group 1 horses such as Point Lonsdale and Arrest and with the time figure also speaking favourably of his effort, it easy to take a positive view of the form. 

Moreover, he is already proven over today’s course with a victory on fast ground last season – staying on strongly late on – and with his long term aim The Ebor at York, a bold show is expected from this likeable four-year-old on route to that valuable prize. 

ALSAKIB – 1-point each-way @ 11-1