14:20- Marishi Ten showed plenty of promise on her sole start as a two-year-old, but the fact she didn't reappear after that May debut would suggest that she met with some sort of a problem and, considering she is likely to be carrying plenty of lines, it may be worth taking her on with a couple of horses that ran in a C&D maiden 11 days ago. Assertive Agent fared pretty well on that occasion, stepping up considerably on his sole start as a two-year-old to finish third on his first run for Ben de Haan; a reproduction of that level of form should see him finish in the places. Further back at Bath, The Dark Wizard, a debutant from the Roger Charlton stable, looked badly in need of the run but he did make some late headway and should be a different proposition with that effort under his belt. He makes some appeal based on his pedigree and can hopefully show much improved form today.
14:50- Jawinski produced his best form yet when finishing fourth at Wolverhampton on his most recent outing, clearly relishing the step up to one and a half miles. He doesn't appear to have loads in hand of his mark, but it is encouraging from a Placepot perspective that he is guaranteed to stay and arrives here on the back of a solid effort. Lady Lunchalot is another that seems no more than averagely treated but she is a most consistent performer and can be relied to run up to her best again, a trait which is highly valued in a Placepot horse.
15:20- The Charlie Hills-trained Refer made an encouraging start to his career at Windsor, eventually finishing fifth having travelled better than most for much of the way, and it would be little surprise to see him improve markedly with the benefit of that experience behind him. Others in the field have achieved a higher level of form, but they may not be open to the same amount of improvement as Charlie Hills's colt and we will save lines by banking on him.
15:50- There is no doubting that Jolly Roger is starting to look well handicapped and his most recent performance at Windsor, where he finished sixth, was certainly eyecatching. Ridden by an inexperienced jockey after nine months off, Jolly Roger, though never threatening, kept on well from a hopeless position and it is extremely interesting to see that Cathy Gannon has been booked to ride. Jolly Roger should benefit from stronger handling and should be capable of making the top three.
16:20- Clive Cox has started the season firing on all cylinders and he looks to have strong claims of landing this three-year-old handicap with Roanne. Roanne, who had just the three starts as a juvenile, remains open to further progress and always appealed as the type to do better as a three-year-old. Tagalaka is one at a bigger price that could sneak into the frame. Gelded over the winter, Tagalaka shaped better than the bare result on his handicap debut on his seasonal return at Kempton, left poorly placed in relation to the trio that beat him. It is conceivable that he too can improve again.
16:50- Chasing a five-timer, Mubtadi looks sure to make a bold bid and registers as a last-leg banker. His four most recent wins have all come on the all-weather but Mubtadi has plenty of good turf form to his name so the change of surface is unlikely to cause any problems; the thriving five-year-old ought to go close under regular pilot Thomas Brown.
14:20- 5, 6
14:50- 1, 2
16:20- 11, 14
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