The weather has again led to frustration across the UK and Irish racing scene but there are still three meetings to look forward to, with Flat action at Newmarket and AW meetings from Newcastle and Dundalk.
We have three fancies across the tracks, with two from HQ and a pick at Gosforth Park.
12:50 Newmarket – Serene Seraph @ 7/2
Serene Seraph got off the mark on her third attempt after running in some strong maidens, finishing behind some really good fillies who are group level.
She steps down in trip to six furlongs, but with soft ground and Newmarket being an undulating track, stamina is going to be tested, and her form over further could prove to be key here.
It also helps that there are few in here that like to go forward, which can allow jockey Sean Levey to utilise the filly’s stamina and come with a challenge late on to get her in front.
14:00 Newmarket – Warhol @ 16/1
Warhol comes here with a low weight, and this could make the difference against some of his higher-rated rivals.
Like most races at Newmarket, stamina is going to be key, especially on soft ground and he has plenty of it.
Warhol also loves soft ground, having never finished worse than third on it in five runs. He put in a strong performance last time at Windsor, and there may still be a bit more improvement to come from this four-year-old.
17:45 Newcastle – Elzaal @ 9/2
Paul Midgley’s Elzaal is making a name for himself as a course specialist at this all-weather track, having won on five of his fourteen starts here.
His last win came in March off a mark of 63 but he couldn’t find any form on the turf season and his mark has dropped back down to a mark of 59.
The five-year-old returned to his favourite track in the first week of October, but could only manage second and was second once again a week later.
He is clearly back in form, and it is tough to see any of today’s rivals being able to deny him another course win.