Auld Toon Loon - 13:15 Haydock
Auld Toon Loon shaped with promise on his first four starts and showed improved form on his handicap debut upped to a mile and a quarter 11 days ago. He was the least exposed in the field and left the impression he has been handed a lenient mark, travelling through the race stylishly, looking in control entering the final furlong only to be caught at the death by one coming from further back. This step up even further in trip should suit him well and he won't be long in opening his account from just 3 lb higher.
Noche Magica cost £200,000 as a yearling and he looked potentially smart when making a winning debut at Cork last month, well found in the betting and forging clear in the closing stages in grand style. That race looked an above-average juvenile maiden for the time of year and the timefigure recorded by Noche Magica gives a positive outlook on the form. There should be plenty more to come from him now and he is well worth his place in pattern company.
Lights Are Green - 14:45 Cartmel
Lights Are Green is a point winner who was in the process of running creditably before taking a heavy fall on his chasing debut at Hexham last month and he proved that mishap didn't leave a mark when opening his account under Rules back over the same course and distance a fortnight ago. Stamina is clearly one of his biggest strengths so he should appreciate the extra distance he faces now and there should be even more to come from him over fences.
Paws For Thought - 16:05 Chester
Paws For Thought can boast a good record at this course and he confirmed that he retains all of his ability when finishing third over seven furlongs at this course earlier this month. He was narrowly beaten in the same race 12 months earlier and he shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, soon in the lead and kicking for home over three furlongs out. Paws For Thought probably did too much too soon in testing conditions on that occasion and, now 7 lb below his last winning mark, he is a horse to remain positive about, particularly round here.
Pure Angel is an upwardly-mobile filly who has improved with each start so far, finishing runner-up to a smart type at Wolverhampton in October, and going one place better in some style to open her account over the same course and distance the following month. She blew her rivals away that day, producing a performance her earlier efforts had threatened, and she looks very interesting on her return to action and handicap debut. An opening mark of 84 may well underestimate her and a big run is expected.
Yorkshire has made a bright start to his career, picking up where he left off last season when making a successful reappearance over six furlongs at Southwell in March, and he was headed only late in the day when attempting to follow up on handicap debut over seven furlongs at the same course last time. He was very well backed on that occasion, so connections clearly feel he is well treated, and there should be even more to come from him now returned to turf following a 4 lb rise and now taking on his elders.
Cluedo ran to only a modest level in three starts last season, but she was well backed, and proved herself miles ahead of her mark when making a winning return and handicap debut at Bath 10 days ago. She showed plenty of speed, making all of the running and going clear a furlong out to score by five and a half lengths with plenty in hand. That wasn't a deep race, but a 10 lb rise looks more than fair, and she is expected to follow up for all this does look more competitive.
Hardy Boy is a two-time winner over hurdles and ran close to his form in that sphere when finishing third on his chase debut at Market Rasen two weeks ago, his jumping a little novicey at times which cost him not finishing closer. There is room for improvement in that part of his game, though, and he has to be of serious interest on the back of that effort in what doesn't look the strongest race.