14:20- Strategic Strike sets the standard and it is little surprise to see him head the early market. However, there is a suspicion that he will need further than this to show his best and it could be worth taking him on with the Andrew Balding-trained Florida Beat. The three-year-old gelding may not be a stable star, but he did shape with plenty of promise on his most recent run, showing he had improved from his debut effort. He finished his race extremely well, hinting that today's step up in trip could suit, and he is worth banking on to hit the first three again today.
14:50- The Manx Missile has been well supported on both starts in handicap company this term, failing to reward backers but shaping as if he is capable of scoring from this lowly mark. He finished an encouraging third here last time under an attacking ride and, having been drawn in stall 1, he looks set to again go close under an aggressive ride. He is no banker, however, so we will also add Time To Begin. He was slightly below his best when finishing down the field at Doncaster earlier in the month, but it is worth noting that his best efforts have come on the all-weather so a return to an artificial surface may lead to an improved performance.
15:20- The Charlie Hills-trained No Truth, a recent course-and-distance scorer at this venue, looks to have been allotted a fair opening handicap mark and registers as banker material to see us through the third leg. A well-bred individual, No Truth was clearly expected to improve for the marked step up in trip last time, attracting plenty of support before the off, and he clearly appreciated the extra emphasis on stamina, making all and responding well to pressure.
15:55- Almost Gemini was an impressive winner last month and really ought to follow up that win. Almost Gemini didn't show much as a three-year-old for Roger Varian, but he almost certainly benefitted from a six-month break over the winter, returning here last month and landing a decisive victory, one which suggests he remains well treated and capable of even better.
16:30- Plenty of interesting contenders here have doubts surrounding their stamina. However, that comment certainly does not apply to the old veteran Mia's Boy, a two-time course-and-distance winner. A renowned hold-up performer, Mia's Boy is reliant on a strong gallop to chase, but he is a consistent, reliable performer and should be involved in the finish.
17:05- Lieutenant Dan showed slightly-improved form switched to the Southwell fibresand last time, but there is no need to worry about his effectiveness on the polytrack, considering the level of form he has already achieved on the surface. He looks primed to give another good account of himself and is the first horse we turn to in the Placepot. This is a competitive race, however, so we will also add Lord of The Dance, a three-time course winner that is in good heart at present and can be relied upon to run to form. Others may have more in hand of the assessor, but Lord of The Dance often responds generously to pressure and should once again make his presence felt.
14:50- 1, 3
17:05- 8, 11
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