This Class 4 Nursery Handicap is an intriguing one just for two-year-olds that holds entries from a Group 2 runner and Class 1 winner.
Karl Burke has been in good form recently with a 20% strike-rate and his entry is the 2/1 second favourite at this early stage.
Jungle Time hasn’t finished far behind in both the Class 1 and 2 events she’s raced in, in May.
This step back in class should suit well after winning at Musselburgh by two lengths three runs ago.
6.55: Imperial Elysian 10/3(NB)
There’s just four runners in this race too, a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2m4f.
Solo Saxophone is the favourite but although he won last time out to become the frontrunner Imperial Elysian appeals as an outsider despite being off for 629 days looks more appealing.
Paddy Brennan and Fergal O’Brien are in-form and could continue winning ways with this lightly raced eight-year-old who has just 10 hurdle runs to his name but also three wins and two thirds.
8.25: Presentandcounting 1/2
The jockey and trainer combination are back at it in this 2m7f Novices’ Hurdle in another small field of just three runners.
But despite No No Maestro’s consistency he’s just been out of the frame so far this season despite last year’s cruising form including when he won by 24 lengths but isn’t seen to the same effect hurdling.
This gives Presentandcounting for Brian Hughes and Donal McCain a clear chance over this long trip, who could return to being his consistent self with previous season’s form reading 1211113.
A return to hurdling in June sparked huge improvement and won 2m4f at Uttoxeter by over nine lengths.
6.40: Courageous Knight 4/5
Hit the post twice in his last two runs as the favourite but is surely going to make all on Thursday evening having come second by a nose and neck.
William Buick and Charlie Appleby continue to enjoy winners this season and the first-time headgear might prompt further improvement for this unlucky colt by Dubawi.
7.10: Gangway 3/1
Gangway has the chance on paper, pedigree, the trainer, the jockey and the rating to boot.
He’s often up there and a return to 1m2f would certainly be a benefit.
8.10: Ideal Guest 4/9
The odds-on favourite looks sure to follow up from his Class 5 victory last time out and rattle off a quick hattrick for the George Margarson team.
Despite the price he’s certainly worth adding on to other bets with recent form suggesting he should find this Class 6 contest too easy despite the weight penalty.
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