14:40 Leicester Harwoods Volante looks to be plummeting in the ratings and following his recent close up fourth at Redcar it would be of little surprise to finally see him back in the winners enclosure. His most recent victory came at Wetherby last June but David O’Meara looks to have him coming back into form just at the right time. Jim Crowley is pursuing a first ever jockey’s championship and he takes the reins for the first time today. He is weighted to confirm his superiority over market rival Twin Point and he should go well. Twin Point is still relatively lightly raced for being a five year old. He has won two of his last four starts so is cleary on good terms with himself. Stevie Donohoe is on board once again but the eye do need to improve again to see off the selection. Corporal Maddox would prefer the all weather compared to this track whilst Red Paladin landed a massive gamble for connections at Doncaster last time. He looks to have his work cut out though with a rise in grade here. Harwoods Volante represents a stable that continues to fire on all cylinders and having dropped nine pounds in the handicap this year already, he looks the type that could run up a sequence when he manages to get his head in front. Harwoods Volante (WIN)
15:10 Leicester Texas Katie is one of the most experienced runners in this line up and the massive drop in class should help to see her in a much better light. Considered smart enough to race at two grades higher recentlt, she may well prove to be the forgotten horse. Silvestre De Sousa has partnered her twice already this year and it is of significant note that the former Champion jockey is back in the plate today. The yard took this race last year with Unilit so they know exactly what it takes to win this prize and at around the 25/1 mark, she looks decent each way value. Ariena has improved on each start for Clive Cox and with Adam Kirby in the saddle she will not be found wanting. She does however have to give weight away all around and this is certainly the stiffest opposition that she has faced. Storm Cry was far from disgraced when chasing home The Wagon Wheel at York just last week. Provided those exertions have not taken too much out of her, she too has the potential to get involved at the business end of proceedings. Ishmael Mohammed cannot of been too disappointed when Many A Tale won on debut at Wolverhampton. This is an altogether did rent test though and it remains to be seen whether he can repeat the effort. Texas Katie appears to enjoy good to firm ground and that is exactly what she has on offer here this afternoon. She receives weight from all bar one rival and with the yard in decent form, she may well have the right temperament to get involved here. Texas Katie (E/W)
16:00 Musselburgh Ellaal is a three time course winner who has landed back to back wins in his two most recent starts for Ruth Carr. The seven year old gelding defied a career high mark when winning at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago and it wouldn’t be the greatest of shocks if he was to land the hattrick here today. Ellaal does stay an extra furlong so stamina will not be a concern and nor will the ground as he loves nothing better than to hear his hooves rattle over a sound surface. James Sullivan knows him inside out and the combination ought to make another solid bid at what is their favourite track. Invermere is only a three year old but Richard Fahey’s charge didn’t seem to see out this trip last time. She will likely be ridden with more restraint this time around and with the stable in flying form, she has to be considered a massive danger off her featherweight. Ginger Jack is a consistent sort that certainly knows where the winners post is. The veteran performer would be much more preferred if this was at Thirsk and he would need a career best effort to land the spoils this afternoon. Jacbequick won’t like giving weight away all around having disappointed at Ripon last time whilst many of the others including Argaki are woefully out of form. Ellaal knows every blade of grass on this track and he will likely be prominent for most of the race. Having won by an impressive two lengths last time, there may well be another race in him before the handicapper catches on. Ruth Carr has been in terrific form lately and she ought to close with Ellaal today. Ellaal (WIN)
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