1.10: Both Circus Star and Polydamas have narrowly beaten Mr Markham in recent weeks and, on form, should finish close in proximity today. Circus Star, though, had something in hand when swooping late to catch Mr Markham at Cheltenham. Wahiba Sands beat the hot-pot Zaralaska cosily in a muddling event at Leicester last time, and certainly has class. But he could meet his match this time in BALLADUR, who won with a ton in hand at Sandown.
1.45: A tactical contest is in prospect with Tony McCoy hoping to settle PRIDWELL just off the pace. If all goes well, nothing should stop the partnership today. The seven-year-old's winning run came to a halt at Cheltenham last Saturday, but there was certainly no disgrace in attempting to concede 8lb to Relkeel. Pleasure Shared, who took too many chances over fences, has reverted to hurdles this season and is a tempting outsider at 16-1.
2.20: Go Ballistic beat Unguided Missile by less than two lengths in this event on good to firm ground a year ago, but can hardly be fancied this time. The latter is 12lb better in. Gordon Richards's chaser would be the selection but this usually very consistent gelding flopped at Haydock last month. Cool Dawn defeated below-form opposition on this track last time but has strong claims. Callisoe Bay has been running over shorter trips but likes mud and can take this if his stamina holds out. HARWELL LAD has shown temperament in the past and was reluctant to race at Cheltenham last week. He is always capable of repeating the antics, but Rupert Nuttall took him hunting yesterday and is hopeful that this fine jumper will now display the form that brought victory in the Whitbread Gold Cup in April.Reuse content