John O'Connell has rooted through the form to find horses that can act on today's heavy going
With all the rain that has been falling around the country of late it seems prudent to focus on runners who love the soft ground at today's meetings.
At Hexham, which is described as heavy, Melua Maid looks a good bet to follow up her recent Sedgefield win in the 15:00. Sue Smith's 10-year-old mare is relatively lightly raced but like so many of her runners, she has come good this spring. She made all at Sedgefield three weeks ago and an 8lbs rise looks very fair especially with the third horse home since boosting the form.
Pontefract stage one of the longest races on the flat calendar at 15:45 where Mutiska can finally get off the mark at the 20th attempt. Her problem is that she wants a marathon trip but doesn't get many opportunities in Ireland at this sort out of distance. Sure to strip fitter for her recent third at Dundalk, the booking of Silvestre De Sousa takes the eye, and with plenty of form on a soft surface she can finally get off the mark.