15:10 Sedgefield - Ink to Master his rivals
Half the field in this six-runner handicap hurdle are returning from breaks, but there are no worries on that score with Donald McCain's Ink Master - who ran at the track in a slightly better race at Sedgefield just three weeks ago.
He looked a useful chaser in May 2016. Back then he produced a demolition job in a race at Ludlow from the front to win by a big margin. He was trained by Philip Hobbs during that time, and there was probably a sense that he underachieved a bit afterwards.
Ink Master is a front-runner that likes good ground. In fact, the sound surface is important to him. Armed with hard race-fitness and the possibility of getting an easy lead, this horse is dangerous from the front.
Whilst his best form is at a shorter trip, he is unexposed over the 2m4f distance today, but he's worth another go. He didn't run too badly over fences at Exeter over 2m3f, so there is hope.
He can build on his debut run for McCain last time.
15:30 Newmarket - Headgear to boost chances of Clearly
The expert skills of John Gosden have been tested with the temperamental Clearly, and whilst there are certainly risks attached with the filly, she is worth chancing in this handicap.
Her party trick of playing up before loading isn't exactly a plus, neither is her knack of missing the break. Hopefully the first-time blinkers will help her out in that respect.
There is no denying her ability however, she won a Kempton maiden despite having plenty to do in the race from the back. And she fairly flew home at Sandown after completely dwelling.
Last time out at Newmarket she finished fifth, but the four fillies ahead of her had plenty of experience. It was also a race where it paid to sit handy - and she didn't. She could be a lot better than a mark of 82, as the quirks are masking considerable talent. Over to Andrea Atzeni today.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets
Back Ink Master 0.5pt @ 8.07/1 in the 15:10 at Sedgefield
Back Clearly 0.5pt @ 3.505/2 in the 15:30 at Newmarket