Nottingham is the venue for Tuesday's attempt at Placepot glory...
"Kashmiri Sunset, a brother to smart stayer Darley Sun, shaped as if a step up in trip would be very much in his favour when fifth over a mile on his return..."
13:45 - We kick off proceedings today with a maiden over a mile and it has the look of a potentially trappy contest. Silver Duke maiden his debut in better company at Newbury and is the first pick to put that experience to good use, and the other to get the nod is Majorities. He shaped well over seven furlongs at Leicester and didn't looks suited by the drop back to six at Doncaster in November. He should improve for the step up to a mile and looks likely to be involved at the line.
14:15 - It's a handicap contest over the same trip up next and Self Employed is the first make the cut; the race could be set up for him if the likes of Uncle Dermot and Celtic Sixpence go hard up front, and he won well at Kempton last time. The other whose worth keeping on side at larger odds is Granell, who landed a Newmarket maiden on his seasonal reappearance last year and although he's struggled slightly since lines up off a career-low mark today.
14:45 - A sole selection will suffice in the fillies' handicap which follows in the shape of Lady Guinevere, who placed on all four of her starts in maidens last year. That included when runner-up over ten furlongs here in October, and she's been allotted what looks a fair opening mark on her handicap debut.
15:15 - We turn our attention to a ten-furlong handicap now and Kashmiri Sunset, a brother to smart stayer Darley Sun, shaped as if a step up in trip would be very much in his favour when fifth over a mile on his return. He makes his handicap debut here and has the potential to make a mark in this sphere, as does Khee Society. He produced his best effort yet when second in a C&D handicap ten days ago and looks sure to go close again off a 2 lb higher mark.
15:45 - It's a 14-furlong contest up next and whilst Kleitomachos makes some appeal off his last winning mark, the first selection is Hassle. He's never finished out of the first four in seven career starts and deservedly got off the mark at Leicester in September. He was a creditable third at Windsor when we last saw him and this trip should be within range. The other to get the nod is Oetzi, who caught the eye on his return at Newbury and looks sure to improve for the stiffer test this afternoon.
16:15 - We must rely on a sole selection in the final leg of today's perm, another 14-furlong handicap in which Wannabe Your Man represents the in-form Roger Varian team. He's been allotted a fair opening mark and the step up in trip today looks sure to suit. He's taken to show some of the promise he hinted at in maidens last season and should run well.
13:45 - 4,7
14:15 - 4,7
14:45 - 4
15:15 - 7,8
15:45 - 1,5
16:15 - 6
= 16 Lines