1.30: Richard Dunwoody rides Daring Past for the first time but may find this gelding's exertions in Cheltenham's Triumph Hurdle have left their mark. Up with the pace in that gruelling contest, he faded two flights out to finish 14th. Warm Spell, better than Daring Past on the Flat, has won his only hurdle race in style, but MALAIA looks superior. Impressive at Stratford three weeks ago, she could be even better on today's sounder surface and is 4-1 in morning betting. Jim Old, her trainer, said after that win: 'She's not very big, but she's tough and jumps like a stag and she's going to be pretty smart.'
2.00: If the ground stays good or better, nothing should stop NEVADA GOLD taking this. This eight-year-old has been taking on high-class steeplechasers at Kempton and Cheltenham and has the ability to overhaul the strong-running Arctic Call. Jamie Osborne's mount is classy but today's run may be needed to put him right for Aintree. Forest Sun flopped at Cheltenham and is from an out-of-form yard.
2.30: Brief Gale's third to Danoli and Corrouge at Cheltenham makes impressive reading, but her odds are likely to be short and the 28lb she must concede to GOSPEL looks a formidable task. The revival by the Twiston-Davies yard is remarkable and this five-year-old can continue the trend now that she is stepped up in distance again.
3.00: Dime Time and King Rat are best of those that have been sharpened on all- weather tracks, but their successes in that sphere have brought them big weights and the lightly raced BOLD TIMING represents a better proposition. Her victory came in a modest three-runner Ayr maiden, but she recorded a useful time in coming seven lengths clear and surely has more improvement to come. Blurred Image and Sharp Tycoon are dangers, but the former is from a stable whose horses often need a run before winning, while the latter may need further.
3.40: The draw is likely to have a bearing here, but which horses will be favoured remains unclear. Most runners in yesterday's Spring Mile headed towards the far (low numbers) side, but the winner found a fast strip of ground under the stands' rail. With fast starters in Mahool and Wainwright drawn low, they may tow that side of the field along quickly and PRENONAMOSS, a consistent performer in handicaps over this trip who has been dropped 2lb in the weights since his last run, may be able to swoop. At 40-1 with the sponsors, he falls in the right price band as the last six winners have started at 33-1 (twice), 22-1, 20-1 and 16-1 (twice). Mahool, primed by an all- weather outing, is one danger, but if Pat Eddery can keep Tissisat on the rail from their 24 berth, they could play a big part.
4.15: Promising three-year-olds may hold sway over some seasoned sprinters who have never made it into the top flight. RAFFERTY'S RULES, from a stable that struck yesterday, flopped when favourite for the Horris Hill Stakes but established his credentials with two impressive wins in nurseries and is just preferred to Bid For Blue, third in Redcar's pounds 84,000 Gold Trophy. Both are 6-1 in William Hill's list, while Trapezium, who has switched from Luca Cumani's stable, could represent value at 16-1. Amron, a course specialist, put up his best performance in winning last year's Portland Handicap here.
4.45: Apache Plume and Durable represent prominent stables, are the product of classy breeding and hold several major engagements. The former ran well in a Newmarket maiden that habitually throws up Group-class horses and is preferred to Durable, who drifted ominously in the betting on both his starts. Both are likely to prove better in time than MEMORABLE, but the experience gained by the latter in six progressively better outings last year, may see him through.Reuse content