It will be a huge surprise if Roaring Lion cannot get his season off to a winning start in the Group Three bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket.
John Gosden’s colt is behind only two Aidan O’Brien-trained runners in the betting for next month’s 2000 Guineas which is surely testament enough to the form he showed last term.
The other Group Three feature on the final day of the Craven meeting is the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes and Spirit Of Valor is an interesting contender for O’Brien here.
Awake My Soul can prove to be the star turn during the main event on the first day of Ripon’s season.
The nine-year-old lines up in the RiponBET Silver Bowl Handicap having signed off last season with victory in a similar event at Redcar.
Tanseeq did not enjoy the best of luck last time out, so it could pay to keep the faith in the first division of the WYG Novice Stakes at Newcastle.
Winner of a Kempton novice back in November, William Haggas pitched his charge into handicap company next time but he was caught wide and just could not get on terms.
Cheltenham hosts a second day of action and Kupatana can go well in the Huw Stevens, Jo Whiley Afterparty Onsale Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
Clearly not one of Nicky Henderson’s stars, Kupatana remains useful nonetheless and might not have to be too smart in order to win this.
Cheltenham: 2.05 Cap Soleil, 2.40 Rons Dream, 3.15 Kupatana, 3.50 Same Circus, 4.25 Cubswin, 5.00 The Bay Birch, 5.35 It’s O Kay.
Fairyhouse: 4.40 Lily Trotter, 5.15 Black Key, 5.50 Play At Midnight, 6.20 Monatomic, 6.50 I’m Serious, 7.20 Madera Express, 7.50 Active Force.
Newcastle: 5.40 Smooth Operator, 6.10 Seven Clans, 6.40 Image, 7.10 Moojim, 7.40 Odds On Oli, 8.15 Tanseeq, 8.45 Tight Lines, 9.15 Cookie Ring.
Newmarket: 1.50 Captain Jameson, 2.25 Surya, 3.00 SPIRIT OF VALOR (NAP), 3.35 Roaring Lion, 4.10 Improve, 4.45 Nordic Lights, 5.20 Occupy, 5.55 Plunger.
Ripon: 2.15 Light My Fire, 2.50 She’s Different, 3.25 Rickyroadboy, 4.00 Summerghand, 4.35 Awake My Soul, 5.10 Mametz Wood, 5.45 One Second, 6.15 Jacob’s Pillow.