ECHO (5.25) won with such authority over 1m 4f at Newcastle last month that it worth taking the chance that his stamina will hold out over a longer trip at Redcar on Easter Monday. Jack Garritty gave Jedd O'Keefe's gelding a very positive ride that day, kicking clear from the three-furlong pole, and similar tactics will have most of his rivals toiling.
William Haggas sends COUNTRY (1.55) up north and the son of Dubawi is expected to step up on his initial outing at Doncaster when a slightly disappointing sixth to Fox Champion. Hot favourite Fragrant Dawn is clearly the one to beat.
At Wolverhampton, DREAM MAGIC (5.05) can follow up his easy Lingfield success under a 7lb penalty. The five-year-old responded generously to the fitting of blinkers and the aids are retained this afternoon. Movie Star ran second to Anif here last month and third horse Bayston Hill beat Gas Monkey at Chelmsford City next time. Stall 12 could be a problem, though.
Roger Varian has hit form with a vengeance and GLEEFUL (3.20) doesn't appear badly treated off 75 on her handicap debut, while I've had a decent each-way bet on HEART OF SOUL (5.35) on the back of a second to Andrew Balding's three-year-old Ranch Hand at Southwell.
Heart of Soul doesn't have to concede weight-for-age against these older horses. Charlie Appleby's Setting Sail hasn't been seen for 572 days but the Godolphin operation wouldn't have hung on to him unless they thought he could cut the mustard in decent handicaps later in the season. The betting market should be informative.
10:45 Stratford - Race: 1
11:00 Wincanton - Race: 1
11:15 Stratford - Race: 2