14:30 Newmarket This nursery may have a few to keep an eye out for next season as they develop into three year old’s. John Best’s Mullarkey ran very well in defeat at Goodwood and is able to run off the same mark. He is due to go up 2lb in the weights but as they look to take advantage of this mark he could be one to watch. The slight worry is that he’ll be looking to come off the pace something which hasn’t panned out too well recently at Newmarket. That trait of front running or prominent horses would give northern raider Uncle Charlie a chance. Ann Duffield’s horse put good distance between himself and the second at Ripon in an average maiden but it was the manner in which he did suggested he could have more to offer. He’s drawn in stall 13 on the far side, which is where we’ve seen some of the action play out in sprints this season. Lord Clenaghcastle has done well for Gary Moore winning his first two starts before being beaten at Brighton last time. He finished that race well but was taken off his feet early on and the same could catch him out here because it isn’t a track to get too far behind early on. Texas Katie is another set to go up 2lb following a close second at Yarmouth but is fairly exposed in context to the rest of her rivals having had 12 starts. Archie Watson has applied the cheekpieces but more would be required despite her form in big fields. Uncle Charlie (E/W)

14:45 Fontwell The jumps have returned with some good action and this Fontwell card could see a few potential improvers. This Handicap Hurdle has some improvers and one of them is Board Of Trade for Alan King who has said to have wintered well. He won on his first start for the yard in a bumper and won a Maiden Hurdle over this sort of trip at Huntingdon. He ran his races in novice events and wouldn’t want the ground on the heavy side. This son of Black Sam Bellamy could be on a potentially good mark making his handicap debut and with Alan King able to get them ready first time he is a big player. Hawkhurst is a hard one to weigh up. He’s looked like one that was still learning on the job last year and he ran in a good race at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, which shows how highly he is thought of. This is his first run in a handicap and like Board Of Trade doesn’t look badly treated. Billy No Name is another I do like given he’s overcame absence to win fresh in the past plus has previously won in this grade. However against some younger opponents making their handicap debuts he could be a little exposed. He is carrying top weight, which could catch him out here. He is one that could be worth watching in the future. Boards Of Trade (E/W)

20:20 Kempton This is Division II of a very open handicap where you could put an argument across for most of these. Alejandro went down by a head at Chelmsford just six days ago when looking to have got the better of his rivals but was caught in the closing strides. David O’Meara sends him out quickly off the same mark as his previous start and if repeating that run or any form of his best he should take the beating. However Sylvester Kirk’s Ripoll could still have more to offer having won two of his last four runs. His latest effort was a winning one over track and trip two weeks ago where he overcame a troubled slow start to show a good turn of foot. He has been climbing the weights for his winning and his consistent level of form. The son of Alfred Nobel may just have a bit more up his sleeve and from a good draw in stall six can continue on his good form. Frenchman carries a penalty for a win at Newcastle five days ago but needs to find a bit more to be able to follow that up. The second from that race was a beaten favourite (third) at the same venue yesterday. Jordan Sport is an enigma but one that contains plenty of talent. He’s having his first run for David Simcock since a move from Richard Fahey. The hood goes on to try and calm down his attitude. If applying himself he could hit the frame from a wide draw. Ripoll (E/W if 9/2+)

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