3:30 Ripon

Ridiculously tight race where the bookies could have priced everything the same and be done with it. I wanted to go with one on each side and without coming up with anything earth shattering I’ve gone with a couple of my old favourites that may well be hitting a nice mark. Confessional can be competitive of this mark and has a few very good runs lately that read well compared to a few at the top of this market. I’ve also gone with my initial feeling that Hitchens is overpriced and of a very good mark. His 5th in the Scottish Stewards Cup lately read well of this mark and the additional 7lbs off today with the claimer might just bring him into the firing line of this low mark.

1 Point EW 22/1 Coral 5 Places Confessional

1 Point EW 28/1 Coral 5 Places Hitchens

2:50 Ripon

I’m as certain as I could be that Doc Hay will be winning within a very short time and although id have loved a bigger price I’d still be happy with the 14/1 on offer. He has been dropped a bit too far in mark for a few slow starts etc. and with blinkers on today I wouldn’t be surprised to see a return to form.

1 Point win 14/1 Generally

3:15 Newbury

Pastoral Player has a good course record, some very decent runs lately and Good/Soft over 7 Furlongs here in this smaller field may well be ideal. 8/1 looks very fair and id be annoyed if I wasn’t on after expecting him to go close a few times in big handicaps. He could pick this lot up and carry them if remotely near his best form.

1 Point win 8/1 Generally