Race 2 No5 DANCING DOUG (Nap)
Trainer: Alistair Whillans – Jockey: Callum Bewley
There’s a ring of consistency to DANCING DOUG, who didn’t seem to get home after travelling best at Ayr last time. He’s missed a subsequent engagement, but even though moving up the distance ladder can still be a big factor if his jockey waits.
Race 6 No5 FIRE AWAY
Trainer: L Morgan – Jockey: Adam Wedge
FIRE AWAY has been a great servant to this yard by completing a winter hat-trick over fences, then finishing second in another handicap chase and in a handicap hurdle. His style of racing ought to lend itself to this tight track.
Race 5 No4 GIVEPEACEACHANCE (Nap)
Trainer: Denis Coakley – Jockey: Laura Pearson
GIVEPEACEACHANCE didn’t enjoy the rub of the green when returned to the all-weather at Wolverhampton last time. The dual-purpose mare is reunited with Pearson, who will be keen to put the record straight on this strong travelling individual.
Race 9 No2 MEHMO
Trainer: Mike Appleby – Jockey: William Buick
Although he has become expensive to follow, MEHMAS could be worth another chance as he’s taking good credentials to post from a very good draw. He tries his luck on Polytrack today following four straight runs on turf.
Race 2 No6 ROBIN’S DREAM (Nap)
Trainer: Gary Moore – Jockey: Jamie Moore
This should be pretty straightforward for ROBIN’S DREAM, who ran into decent types during the winter and was a bit unlucky not to put a win on the board. He’s benefitted from a freshening break, and is strongly fancied to put the record straight.
Race 4 No5 VALSEUR DU GRANVAL
Trainer: Tom George – Jockey: Ciaran Gethings
Such was the ease with which VALSEUR DU GRANVAL delivered at Ludlow last time that it could prove a turning point for the talented but previously untrustworthy veteran. He didn’t have to come off the bridle that day, and is competing on a similar sharp course with a short run-in.
Race 1 No3 FOLLY BEACH
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: George Bass
Golden Horn filly FOLLY BEACH has taken time to learn the rudiments of racing, but after three outings this year might now be in a position to put her best foot forward. She’s pulled back on the distance ladder here, which may prove a wise ploy.
Race 5 No4 TWILIGHT CALLS (Nap)
Trainer: Henry Candy – Jockey: David Probert
From a stable that excels with its sprinters, TWILIGHT CALLS has to be a serious interest on first handicap assignment. He’s a lot like his sire Twilight Son to look at, and while yet to reach the heights of that Group 1 winner he’s been working the house down at Kingston Warren.
Race 7 No5 STEEL AN ICON
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Rose Dawes
STEEL AN ICON was possibly given the slip by runaway scorer Lucky Draw at Lingfield last time, and should have finished closer to that rival. She is now ridden by an inexperienced apprentice who is yet to have a winner, but nevertheless has everything going for her in this race, and should prove hard to beat.
Race 6 No6 KALEIDOSCOPIC (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: Edward Greatrex
The Zetland Gold Cup is the most historic race run on this Bank Holiday Monday and although as competitive as ever, gives KALEIDOSCOPIC a chance to redeem herself after an under par effort at Ayr. In that Listed race she loomed as if ready to assert, only to find less than expected when let down. She was just coming out of season, which could account for the defeat, and is fancied to bounce back.
Race 8 No7 PATROON (Nap)
Trainer: Denis Coakley – Jockey: Hollie Doyle
Bottom weight PATROON has been pulled out of a couple of recent engagements owing to unsuitably soft ground, but should find conditions much more to his liking following a clement weekend in which the ground has dried up. The gelded son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame is better than his form figures indicate, and will be far happier now going down the handicap route.