TIMOSHENKO (12.35) was a prolific winner on the level for Sir Mark Prescott and looks one to follow in novice company over hurdles.
He knew his job on hurdling debut for Jamie Snowden when scoring quite comfortably at Uttoxeter 17 days ago and should defy a penalty on a return visit to the Midlands circuit. Timoshenko is at his best on a sound surface so conditions are ideal.
KING’S CASTLE (5.00) let down favourite backers last time but can bounce back at Pontefract. He had previously scored at Beverley sporting the distinctive blue and yellow silks of Saeed Suhail and I'm inclined to ignore his Ripon disappointment as the Yorkshire track doesn’t suit every horse.
At Sandown, ARTHURIAN FABLE (7.00) could enjoy an easy lead and a chance is taken on his stamina lasting out in the 1m 6f handicap. He ran a cracker (fifth) in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot before a solid third to Wise Glory and Spectrum Of Light at Newmarket. Favourite Indigo Lake is probably the one to beat following a luckless run at Haydock.
David Evans is sizzling in mid-July, saddling five winners in the past six days, and SNOW OCEAN (7.30) is worth an each-way punt in the 17-runner 1m 2f handicap. His gelding made steady late headway into third behind Red October at Leicester and this much bigger field should help Harry Bentley find some cover for Snow Ocean, quite a strong puller in his early paces. Paddy Power are going five places ew.