Racing: Punters' Guide

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2.00: Jonas Nightingale ran an excellent race in defeat last time out at Warwick, where he failed by half-a-length to catch Eastwell Hall, who was completing a hat-trick. He has been raised a lenient 4lb for that performance and will be hard to beat here. RAINBOW WAYS represents the in-form Barry Hills stable and could well show improved form today. This colt was only third of 11 runners, 10 lengths behind Achilles at Doncaster over 10 furlongs in March - but should be a different proposition over this longer distance.


2.30: It is hard to ignore the claims of The Faraway Tree, who was some way short of peak fitness when beaten almost 14 lengths behind Further Flight at Nottingham on here reappearance. This filly is a smart stayer on her day. The selection, though, must be YORKSHIRE. The Paul Cole yard is anticipating great success with this four-year-old who has shown marked physical progress since last season.


3.00: AMONG MEN has been looking formidable on the home gallops this spring and could be a force to be reckoned with in the top mile events for older horses this season. Clive Brittain's runners have been in fine form so Air Express must be feared. The grey Beauchamp King showed he is no back number by displaying a fine turn of foot to beat the in- form Ramooz a fortnight ago.


3.10: WOODY'S BOY, well handicapped on his best form last year, might spring a minor surprise. The in-form Montecristo and Highly Prized are the dangers.


3.45: JILA, most impressive on both starts this year, can complete a hat-trick. Bold Fact, a useful two-year-old last season, might pose the most problems.


4.15: JIBEREEN, off the track for quite a while but distinctly well handicapped on his all-weather form, might represent the best value. Alpine Hideaway is a big danger on his best turf form.


4.45: BRIMMING, who shaped well on his reappearance, should win this before going on to better things. Churlish Charm looks the one for the forecast.