3.20 Leicester – METEOR LIGHT (nap)
The selection, trained by Ed Vaughan, is a son of Clodovil who shaped better than the bare result in a 7f maiden at Sandown on debut last August (66/1 chance), travelling well in midfield but finding his path blocked when looking to make progress approaching the two furlong marker, short of room again not long after and spared a hard race as he came home in seventh behind Deningy (beaten 9¾ lengths). He confirmed that promise on his belated return in an 8.5f median auction maiden at Nottingham a month ago (well-supported 7/2 chance), slowly away and waited with towards the rear of the field, showing signs of inexperience when first ridden over three furlongs out but picking up well approaching the final furlong, finishing off strongly to lead inside the final 100 yards and see off Lord Commander by 1¼ lengths. That form is nothing special, but he showed a good attitude for pressure and had to come from much further back than the other principals; with the additional two furlongs sure to suit well and an opening mark of 80 looking workable, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Clodovil improve enough to land this competitive event.
8.25 Ayr – SAINT EQUIANO (nb)
The selection, trained by Keith Dalgleish, is a son of Equiano who failed to live up to market expectations (3/1 joint-favourite) when beating just one rival home in a 6f maiden at Carlisle on debut last June, faring much better in a course and distance maiden three months later when chasing home Naval Warfare. He made it third time lucky in a 6f maiden back here the following month (2/1 chance), tanking along at the head of affairs and shaken up approaching the final furlong, readily drawing clear and afforded the luxury of being eased inside the final 100 yards as he came home 2¾ lengths clear of Midaawi. He proved disappointing on his return to action in a 6f handicap at Hamilton 17 days ago (5/2 chance), racing freely close up and rather isolated down the centre of the track, shaken up over two furlongs out and edging right, fading to eventually finish last of five behind Black Isle Boy. He is surely capable of a whole lot better, if anything shaping as though the run was badly needed; proven at this track and with the forecast rain likely to benefit him greatly, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this colt bounce back right away.