Stratford’s NAP: COUSIN OSCAR | 3:40pm Happy 18th Birthday Jamie Brister Handicap Hurdle | Dom’s Pick
A cracking little five-runner contest and the vote goes to Donald McCain's recent Bangor-on-Dee victor, who boasts 10lb claimer Peter Kavanagh in the saddle.
He's up in grade but has some solid form in the book with horses that have subsequently won off much higher marks than his current rating of 117.
Although now 9, he's still in a good vein of form and makes value appeal from the top trio at the head of the market.
NB: RHYTHM IS A DANCER | 3:05pm Keogh & Hows Handicap ChaseClearly amiss at Uttoxeter, Paul Nicholls's gelding has won his only other two starts this season over fences with ease, including over course-and-distance.
He pulverized a much tougher field than this at Worcester last time out and despite a few of these holding claims, he looks the safest bet and is a worthy favourite.
Laura Morgan has been on fire this season so Licklighter is respected, while Franz Klammer chases a remarkable fourth win in a row at the Warwickshire course, albeit still a fair way out of the handicap.
Solar Impulse must concede weight all around but has been a superb servant to connections and won't go down without a fight.