Before Saturday's bumper programme gets under way, we pick out one to watch from each contest.
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When: 2.40, Naas
Silence Please looks a solid favourite here for an in-form stable, representing the strong clutch of fillies and mares Jessica Harrington can choose from in these sorts of prizes this term. The four-year-old has the best form but this is a starting point for her season, she may ideally want further than ten furlongs and the three-year-olds here receive a lot of weight.
Insinuendo is four, but she is definitely interesting at the early prices at 10-1 and, if that holds, warrants an each-way play. She was green in front but won very easily on debut at Gowran last year despite ceding ground and going wide, while her reappearance - down two furlongs in trip - was very encouraging. Still a little green, she was a tad keen in a small field but did her best work at the finish up against two rivals with significantly more experience and one with proper handicap form.
Insinuendo is race-fit, looks likely to improve again and stepping up to ten furlongs should definitely help. Purely on official ratings, she emerges as second-best here and there is ballast to her opening rating given her proximity to two proper and consistent yardsticks last time. She is likeable and a filly to note in the coming months.
Insinuendo shaped well last time against hardened rivals at Tipperary on just her second start
When: 3.10, Haydock
A significant amount of rain is forecast for Saturday at Haydock, and Olly Murphy and Philip Hobbs have sounded concerns already for their big-race fancies Copperless and Camprond respectively.
Ballinsker could be the interesting one here given the record of his stable in this valuable race. He looked a bright prospect when opening his account at Ludlow and has fair handicap form this term after finishing sixth in the Greatwood.
His run in the Betfair Hurdle last time wasn’t quite as bad as finishing 16th of 23 runners at 50-1 odds would superficially suggest, and while clearly not good enough he hung in there off a ferocious early gallop, was still in touch early in the straight and wasn’t asked a question by Robbie Power.
His handicap mark is dropping all the time and he carries an appealing 10st 4lb from his current perch of 126. He looks well-handicapped.
Since 2007, trainer Evan Williams has saddled four winners from 15 runners in this race, performance 245% above excpectation. All of those winners have come from his last nine runners - Silver Streak (2018), John Constable (2017), Ballyglasheen (2014) and Barizan (2013) - while Danehill Willy (2009) and John Constable (2019) both finished in the places.
When: 3.45, Haydock
This contest only has six runners, but it isn’t short on intrigue with Tomfre proven on the likely testing ground and Current Option arriving here after a good second to Queen Anne-bound Lancaster House at the Curragh.
There could be a decent pace on for the conditions with Lord Of The Lodge and Highland Dress likely to be forward along with Raaeq, who has excellent big-race handicap form courtesy of his Balmoral fifth last year and a nice return in sixth in the Spring Cup, form which has already been advertised by Oh This Is Us and winner Nugget who was subsequently unfortunate in the Thirsk Hunt Cup.
~ Raaeq made a pleasing reappearance in the MansionBet Spring Cup at Newbury
Raaeq travelled strongly at Newbury and has shaped on his last two starts as if a step back to seven furlongs would probably suit him. Given the conditions, he is likely to deal with this staying seven furlongs better than most.
When: 2.55, Nottingham
The late Kind – dam of the outstanding Frankel – won this race for Roger Charlton back in 2005 and 12 fillies and mares are set to head to post this time.
The ground at Nottingham was described as good to soft on Friday morning ahead of a forecast dry but cool day, but a heavy band of rain is anticipated early on Saturday which could bring as much as 15mm.
Last Empire is the foremost name here who will enjoy testing conditions, but Ventura Diamond will also like them and she has the benefit of race-fitness. The three-year-old finished eighth of 10 runners in the Nell Gwyn last time and perhaps should have done better after getting a soft lead in a race not run at a great pace, but she was slightly interfered with by Saffron Beach on that occasion while stepping down in trip now will suit well. Her form with give in the ground over six furlongs has a good look.
This pace-setter has a high draw in stall 11, but with the stalls positioned down the centre she could get across and grab the stands-side rail. Light Refrain would be the only rival in her way, and she was held up last-time for a career-best effort when second in Listed company.
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