15:00 Pontefract

Ed Walker enjoyed a fruitful Ascot with English Oak landing a gamble in the Buckingham Palace handicap three days ago and the Lambourn handler has a reasonable chance of capping his week with SCENIC (best price 13-2) in this competitive listed prize. 

After gaining a confidence-boosting victory on the all-weather on her seasonal bow, the daughter of Lope De Vega was pitched into the deep end of a competitive Group 3 at Haydock last time out and despite not troubling the main players, she still came out of the race with some credit. Held up towards the rear of the field, she was still in last place turning for home, fully ten lengths off the speed, but by the time she’d hit the line, she had reduced that deficit in half.

Considering she was only rated 89 going into that contest at the Merseyside venue (the second lowest in the line-up) and faced many who were perceived to be better than her, this was a fair effort by the four-year-old and other than strong favourite River Of Stars, she should be more than capable of holding her own against the rest.

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16:18 Hexham

IMPERIAL DATA (best price 9-4) was agonisingly run out of the argument close home over today’s C&D a week ago and with Ross Chapman no doubt mindful not to hit the front too soon on his return visit, his mount has the ideal opportunity to make amends. 

Having travelled powerfully for the first mile and a half at the Borders venue, the seven-year-old tanked his way to the front halfway down the back straight but as things panned out, the long run for home from that juncture can be a torturous journey and so it proved, as he was picked off in the dying strides by the fast-finishing Kingston Bridge. 

That said, he still managed to run a time figure to coincide with some of his better efforts in the past and with today’s assignment representing a step down in class, Rebecca Menzies’ inmate looks primed to take advantage of less choppy waters. 

16:30 Pontefract

The two three-year-olds at the foot of the weights are the ones to concentrate on here and of the pair, NEW KINGS ROAD (best price 9-4) looks the value call based on the time figures they achieved when winning last time out. 

Back on turf after making a pleasing return on the all-weather post gelding operation, Richard Hannon’s inmate raced generously during the first part of his latest assignment at Salisbury and once the gap appeared up the inside rail, he needed no second invitation to accept the gift that was presented to him. 

Staying on well late on, the son of Sioux Nation not only won in the style of a horse that had plenty more left to offer but his time figure was also very good for the grade and having been handed a draw that could potentially work heavily in his favour, the scopey progressive type will hopefully be a position turning for home whereby he can obtain first run on his main market rival Lennon.