We visit Ludlow, Ffos Las and Wolverhampton for today's trio of SmartPlays.
The waiting tactics were possibly overdone when only fourth on his most recent outing in this grade and Lauberhorn is taken to confirm his stronger previous form now switched from wearing a visor to blinkers.
The re-fitting of headgear this month has sparked a revival in Lauberhorn (14:30 Ludlow), who has sandwiched success in a Huntingdon ladies handicap with in-frame efforts at Exeter. The waiting tactics were possibly overdone when only fourth on his most recent outing in this grade but he's taken to confirm his stronger previous form now switched from wearing a visor to blinkers.
Bellflower Boy (15:25 Ffos Las) didn't need to be anywhere near his best to land a seller and claimer over hurdles in recent weeks, but it's the form of his runner-up effort over fences at Leicester on his penultimate outing that makes him such an attractive proposition here. He's undoubtedly well treated in this sphere, 8 lb below the mark from which he took a course-and-distance event two years ago, and this looks a great opportunity to further add to his tally with recent 15-year-old Chepstow winner Victory Gunner looking the main danger.
With recent good form in precious short supply among the nine runners declared for Wolverhampton's finale, Crucis Abbey (17:25 Wolverhampton), a course-and-distance winner earlier this month despite meeting trouble in running, makes plenty of appeal. A couple of today's rivals finished behind Mark Brisbourne's gelding on that occasion, and a pair of placed efforts at Kempton either side of it suggest that he should give another good account here.