Manageable field sizes at Beverley lead us to East Yorkshire on Tuesday.
"In a field that lacks consistent, in-form sorts against him, Tin Pan Alley gets the nod in leg three."
14:15 - Leg one requires a stock answer. Here we have two dominant runners, Star Focus and Poplar Close, with the second-favourite (Poplar Close) looking a fairly solid prospect. We therefore take him in the hope of some sort of slip-up by the favourite.
14:45 - Unfortunately, with Thankstomonty and Salma Gondis difficult to split as second-choice, we're better banking on favourite Wardat Dubai, the most interesting runner in the race, in leg two.
15:15 - In a field that lacks consistent, in-form sorts against him, Tin Pan Alley gets the nod in leg three. He's on a hat-trick, with his two recent wins belated reward for a good spell which has lasted pretty much all of the turf season to date.
15:45 - Many of these three-year-olds are too early in their careers to weigh up accurately, so this is one instance where promise can be taken alongside proven records. Promise is the word where Miss Dusky Diva is concerned, the step up to this trip expected to bring out more of the improvement she started to show on her handicap debut last time. Stormin Tom has had a few more goes, though the trouble he's met on recent starts suggests that he too is yet to show the full extent of his ability.
16:15 - Duke of Yorkshire was consistent last year and has started to work his way back to that level in recent starts, so he's included in the hope of another move forward. Similar comments apply to C&D winner Aneedh, who shaped as though back in form at Doncaster last time.
16:45 - There aren't many worth considering in this final leg, so we can bank on one. Vechecka appeals as the best of them, having the combination of being unexposed and tending to run his race now he's learned to settle. This return to seven furlongs (or so) should also be in his favour.
14:15 - 4
14:45 - 8
15:15 - 7
15:45 - 2, 8
16:15 - 2, 7
16:45 - 3
= 4 lines