2.35pm Catterick – Aaron Lad 1.5pts Win (3/1)
Dr Richard Newland and Sam Twiston-Davies teamed up for an 11/2 winner at Exeter yesterday and are operating at a 29% strike rate together this season, they saddle Aaron Lad here. Arguably his best run came in Ireland when he was trained by Kieran Purcell and he was second to the sadly ill-fated Sizinguptheamazon (rated 123). He then moved to Dr Richard Newland and after not completing his first two starts, he showed much more promise in his subsequent two efforts. A third behind Black Op in which the second was Nicky Henderson’s Colonial Dreams who was running very well (if not coming to win) in a handicap at Sandown off 120 earlier this month. Last time out Aaron Lad once again shaped with encouragement, this time behind Blottos of Sue Smith’s when 43 lengths clear of the third. He’s been dropped to a mark of 114 for his handicap debut and in a race which doesn’t look particularly strong, can get off the mark over hurdles.
4.20pm Plumpton – Cheque En Blanc 1.5pts Win (4/1)
Cheque En Blanc has been on a roll for Gary Moore and comes into this contest seeking a hat-trick. Both of his recent wins have come on soft ground so today’s conditions shouldn’t pose a problem for him. He has been raised just 4lbs from his win at Doncaster last time out and the first and second that day have since gone on to fight out the finish of a handicap at Huntingdon, both off higher marks. The hat-trick beckons for Cheque En Blanc and he can continue Gary Moore’s good run of form.