We head south to Taunton on Tuesday for a small-stakes perm in what are likely to be wet conditions...
"Milosam has bagged three handicaps over C&D on his last three starts and was value for more than the bare result suggests last time..."
13:40 - It's a staying handicap hurdle up first and conditions will ensure its likely to be heavy going; the first vote goes to Waldorf Salad now he's got his act together and he looks capable of defying the 7 lb penalty for last week's Huntingdon success. He should be at least as effective over this trip and looks likely to make the frame. The other who could play a part at larger odds is Kalamill, who held a narrow lead wen falling at the last over C&D on his most recent start and if he's none the worse for that experience could surprise a few.
14:10 - There's not quite the depth that the numbers might suggest in the novice hurdle which follows and it looks a good opportunity for Milo Man to make it two wins from three starts over hurdles. He was a bumper winner at this course a year ago but could only manage third last time after winning on his hurdles debut at Carlisle, and should have too much in the locker for these. The best of the rest looks to be useful flat recruit John Louis who has a good level of handicap form behind him; new connections should have him thereabouts and he can capitalise in a weak contest.
14:40 - A sole selection will suffice in the handicap hurdle over 22.5 furlongs which comes next and it looks a tricky contest despite being a small field. However a chance is taken on Moujik Borget to put his Kempton run behind him; he is still relatively lightly-raced and if he can re-capture the mood he was in at Haydock in November he holds live claims.
15:10 - The first contest over fences in today's perm looks likely to go the way of Milosam, who has bagged three handicaps over C&D on his last three starts. He was value for more than the bare result suggests last time and can defy a 4 lb rise to continue his excellent run of form.
15:40 - Midnight Request an improved level of form when runner-up at Leicester last week (the first two were well clear) and given he remains lightly raced he is the first pick for this handicap hurdle. The other to get the nod is Bedouin Bay, who looks fairly treated on the pick of his form and his two latest efforts at Exeter (both placed) suggest he is ready to take advantage of his current mark.
16:10 - Al Alfa is sure to be popular in what is a less competitive contest than he's used to, but the sole selection is the reliable Benny The Swinger, who has finished second on five out of his last nine completed starts and looks sure to give another good account here.
13:40 - 1,2
14:10 - 2,9
14:40 - 3
15:10 - 6
15:40 - 2,11
16:10 - 8
= 8 Lines