Views from connections ahead of Saturday's Betfred Mobile Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen.
Dr Richard Newland takes a step into the unknown with progressive novice Slim Pickens when he contests the valuable Betfred Mobile Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen on Saturday.
Neither the first, nor the last, horse to benefit from a move to Newland's Worcestershire stable, Slim Pickens could not win in five Irish starts for Patrick Prendergast.
He made an immediate impact for his new trainer, bolting up at Southwell in early June and following up in similarly emphatic style a week later at Worcester.
Newland said: "We've waited for the race and he's a very nice young horse. Whether he's got the pace for a race like this, I don't know, but he deserves his chance."
There are a number of other useful young hurdlers taking their chance in this Listed event.
Max Ward has done little wrong so far for Charlie Brooks, winning at Taunton in April, subsequently finishing second twice and hitting the mark once again in a decent race at Aintree last month.
Tom Lacey, assistant trainer to Brooks, said: "He's well. We've taken it race by race with him and he's just a horse that has done nothing but improve.
"I don't think we've seen the best of him yet and he deserves his chance."
Slim Pickens and Max Ward feature in a field of 16 declared runners, with Alan King's Montbazon heading the weights.
The Barbury Castle handler also saddles Uriah Heep and is praying the rain stays away from the Lincolnshire track.
Speaking on his website www.alankingracing.co.uk, the trainer said: "Montbazon found the ground too soft in the Swinton at Haydock, yet still kept battling to finish an honourable fourth.
"If they miss the rain the ground could come our way, and we know that Montbazon is a class act.
"We also run Uriah Heep, who has got all his confidence back, winning two small races at Stratford.
"Even with his penalty, he is at the right end of the handicap and Dickie (Richard) Johnson gets on well with him, so, hopefully, the rain will stay away for him, too."
John Ferguson runs Purple Bay and Honour System, while the David Dennis-trained Roman Flight and Brian Barr's Castlemorris King are also of interest in a wide-open contest.