The recent rain has come in the nick of time especially for Cottenham today where, despite 14mm since Sunday, the going is still good to firm. The fast surface should enable Bell Rock (1.55) to record his fourth course success in the ladies' open after a hit-and-miss start to the season. Bell Rock unseated regular rider Emily Jarvis at the fourth on his reappearance at Badbury Rings last month and then never looked like catching Beet De Bob at left-handed Higham. However, he is much happier going clockwise and was unbeaten in three outings last season – all of them at Cottenham. Galesbob (2.40), most impresssive at Didmarton a fortnight ago, can follow up at Siddington today.
* The Holcombe at Whittington on 19 April has been cancelled as the meeting is "not economically viable".
FIXTURES: TODAY: Crawley and Horsham at Parham. (First race: 1.45). Near A283; 4m SE of Pulborough; 1m W of Storrington. Duke of Buccleuch's at Friars Haugh. (1.00). Just W of Kelso; nr A699. Fitzwilliam (Milton) at Cottenham. (12.00). 4m N of Cambridge; nr B1049; Exit 14, M11. Quantock Staghounds at Cothelstone. (12.00). 2m NE of Bishops Lydeard; off A358; Exit 25, M5. South Wold at Brocklesby Park. (12.30). Nr A18; 10m W of Grimsby; 5m E of Exit 5; M180. Tivyside at Cilwendeg. (12.00). 1/2m E of Boncath on B4332 to Newcastle Emlyn. VWH at Siddington
(1.30). 2m S of Cirencester; nr A419; 20m from Exit 13, M5 & Exit 15, M4. Western at Wadebridge. (12.30). At Royal Cornwall Showground; 1m W of town; nr A39.
TOMORROW: Holderness at Dalton Park. (1.30). 5m NW of Beverley; nr B1248; Exit 38, M62. Meynell & South Staffordshire at Weston Park. (1.00). 4m NE of Shifnal; nr A5 and A41. Exit 12 M6 or Exit 3 M54. New Forest at Larkhill. (12.30). 5m NW of Amesbury; 10m N of Salisbury; nr A303; A345 and A360. South Herefordshire at Garnons. (1.30). 8m W of Hereford; off A438; Exit 4 M50.