14:00 - In what is a particularly weak opening contest the two to focus on look to be Rosselli and Chloe's Image, with the latter appearing to be the pick at the weights. The other three make very little appeal so we shall move swiftly on.
14:30 - Baltic spirit and Rural Celebration look set to run well but they both have a bit to find with Simply Black, who is fancied to get off the mark at the fifth time of asking. The two-year-old wasn't disgraced in a York nursery when last seen, despite running below the form she showed in three maidens prior to that, and she should have too much for her rivals here.
15:05 - We'll Shake Hands made the perfect start when winning a Haydock maiden on debut earlier this month but that was a weak race and it may be better to side with a couple of more experienced contestants, namely Khalice and New Bidder. Both look to have been handed fair opening marks, particularly the former, having won maidens last-time-out and we ought to progress with them on side.
15:40 - I didn't fancy sticking all four in here, as it would get a little costly for a mid-week perm, so we shall stick all of our eggs in one basket with Northern Water. The Karl Burke-trained juvenile is holding his form well, following up his maiden win at Beverley with a good second on nursery bow back at that track at the weekend, having the re-opposing Innocently some way behind that day. He's just about the pick at the weights and it is hoped that he can take the win.
16:15 - Hydrant and San Cassiano are both front-runners and, with Dolphin Rock and Full Toss also likely to race prominently, this could set up for a closer, with Triple Eight and Barren Brook both potentially set to be advantaged. The first mentioned has been in fine form of late and will go close with a repeat of his recent efforts whilst Barren Brook has slipped to a workable mark and can be forgiven his latest run, as very little went right.
16:15 - In similar vein to the last race this could set up for one ridden with restraint, with The Osteopath taken as the one to see us across the line. The 10-year-old often finds trouble in running but avoided such circumstances when bouncing back to form in a fair handicap at Thirsk last time, and if Duran Fentiman can navigate a clear run through he ought to be bang there at the death.
14:00 - 1, 5
14:30 - 3
15:05 - 3, 6
15:40 - 3
16:15 - 6, 7
16:45 - 2
= 8 lines
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