Enough rain should have reached the West Country to ensure competitive racing at Kilworthy, near Tavistock, today. The going, good earlier in the week, will have to ease only slightly to suit Touch Of Flame in the mixed open (2.15).
The seven-year-old has taken time to reach his potential - his dam Flame O'Frensi won 22 point-to-points - but has blossomed since teaming up with Josh Guerriero. Attached to Philip Hobbs's yard, Guerriero is rated the riding find of the season by one good judge.
At the Teme Valley at Brampton Bryan, Four Opinions stands out in the confined (1.00). He took an age to win his maiden - he fell in four of five starts one season - but has improved since being fitted with a tongue strap and put up the day's best time on his return at Chaddesley Corbett.
FIXTURES: TODAY: Badsworth & Bramham Moor at Mordon. (First race 1.0). Near A1 (M), 4m S of Sedgefield, 1m N of Great Stainton. Crawley & Horsham at Parham. (1.45). Near A283, 4m SE of Pulborough, 1m W of Storrington. Grove and Rufford at Welbeck. (12.0). On Welbeck Estate, Nottingham, near A60 between Worksop and Clumber Park. Lamerton at Kilworthy. (12.30). 1m N of Tavistock, 1m W of A386. Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and Eglinton at Overton. (1.0). Off A72; 3m SW of Carluke, accessible from J8 M74. Teme Valley at Brampton Bryan. (1.0). 11m W of Ludlow, nr A4113. Tivyside at Cilwendeg. (12.0). 1/ 2m W of Boncath on B4332 to Newcastle Emlyn. V.W.H. at Siddington. (1.30). 2m S of Cirencester, near A419, 2m from exit 13, M5 and exit 15, M4. Wilton at Badbury Rings. (12.30). 4m NW of Wimborne on B3082. TOMORROW: Belvoir at Garthorpe. (1.30). 6m E of Melton Mowbray on B676, 7m W of A1. Cheshire at Alpraham. (2.0). 3m SE of Tarporley; nr A51. East Essex at Marks Tey. (2.0). 5m W of Colchester at junction of A12 and A120. Mendip Farmers at Ston Easton. (1.30). 8m N of Shepton Mallet, alongside A37.