We round up the latest tips and gossip from the major training centres, with Makzeem fancied to win in Listed company at Haydock.
Saturday's best chances
Clive Cox knows just what is required to win this Listed event and has high hopes that his unbeaten filly can build substantially on her debut success at Nottingham last back-end.
Although this spring has been difficult for the powerful Beechdown team, Perfect Clarity has been in very good form in her pre-season build up, and her work suggests she deserves a tilt at pattern company.
This does not look a particularly tough renewal of the race and she is well worth an interest with her stable now in top form.
Tomyris should play a leading role in the Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Chartwell Fillies' Stakes if resuming in top form and the booking of Frankie Dettori looks a reasonable hint.
Dettori could also be on the mark on Corelli in the Betfred Derby Trial Stakes. The draw could have been kinder but he could be able to settle in behind the pace and if Frankie can get the horse's white socks to the front then he'll take plenty of passing.
This horse has a very respectable strike-rate and caught the eye in no uncertain terms when beaten under two lengths in fourth at Kempton on his comeback. He's improved since then.
There was a strong whisper for Henry Candy’s filly in a Listed event at the Sussex course despite a lengthy layoff, and she looked sure to play a part in the finish when she clipped heels and unseated her rider around a furlong out. This represents a drop in grade and she is nicely weighted.
The betting should shed some light on the William Haggas runners, Urban Fox and Dynamic, especially the former who has switched the Hamilton Road for Bury Side after moving from James Tate.
The trainer appears to have upped the ante in recent weeks and while this four-year-old would probably prefer a drop or two of rain, he looked full of the zest of life preparing under Jamie Spencer and gets weight from all his rivals in this Listed heat.
He was rated 106 just under a year ago when second in a Listed event at Sandown, but he has dropped to 97 now, and could be well-in if his new trainer can work his magic. The fact Adam Kirby is on board is a plus, and he will surely have one eye on his old playmate Louie De Palma, who is at short odds to overcome a massive 1081-day lay-off.
Needless to say, this former Richmond Stakes runner-up is somewhat fragile, but Cox has been able to get on with him this spring, and he has enjoyed a warm-up gallop at Kempton as part of his preparation for this return.
He may still be ring-rusty after his long break, but is well weighted on his past performances and it will surprise no one at Beechdown if he runs a big race.
Repercussion and Pouvoir Magique also make a fairly lengthy shortlist for the big betting race of the day.
He did not appear to stay the mile and a quarter on his comeback at Nottingham and should appreciate the return to a mile, a remark which also applies to each-way hope Running Cloud. This one ran out of gas on his reappearance at Sandown and has solid each-way chances here.
Roger Charlton felt 10 furlongs suited best for the five-year-old last season, but Ryan Moore thought otherwise and prescribed a return to seven. The move worked like a charm as Makzeem developed into a very smart handicapper over the trip and he now looks ready to make his mark at this level.
Antagonist, a stablemate of Makzeem, can overcome his poor draw and win the DG Executive Cars Weddings & Airport Handicap (Div I) at Nottingham.
A half brother to the smart Almoldovar out of Dansili, he is expected to leave his juvenile form behind this season whatever he does on his return to action here. He looks one sure to improve during the course of the summer, but should be sharp enough to make the most of a very workable mark.
Ombre Casado can show his appreciation for a return to a mile in the second division of the same race. Ed Walker’s three-year-old showed little on his only run over this distance at the course as a juvenile, but his two very promising performances over seven this spring suggest he will be more effective for a more demanding test of stamina and he looks nice weighted for this handicap bow.
Classical Times could be worth chancing on the same card at Colwick Park.
Peter Chapple Hyam's charge went off the boil after winning her maiden first time out last year but she's worth her place in this Listed event on the pick of her efforts and might just be best caught fresh.
Nicky Henderson has sound each-way chances with Laurium on his first outing since a breathing operation in the opening Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock, whilst Cultivator should enjoy the resilient ground on his return to timber from a disappointing spell chasing in the Lawton Tubes Handicap Hurdle at Warwick.
Looking ahead to a busy time of things next week and before the glitz and glamour of York's Dante Festival it could be worth a small interest on David Lanigan's Narodowa if taking up his Monday engagement at Windsor.
There are several within the camp who believe this daughter of Iffraaj may have got herself quite well handicapped having been a bit immature at two and an initial mark of 69 certainly looks workable for a trainer adept at improving such types. Her work racecourse side has been quite promising.
Sir Michael Stoute was busy putting some youngsters through the stalls earlier in the week and he has some striking prospects to look forward to later in the season. A three-year-old from the yard worth noting when she shows up is Sun Maiden, a Frankel filly who showed enough on her debut at Wolverhampton in December to suggest she can win races at three.
John Gosden's Stradivarius has been gearing up for a shot at next week's Yorkshire Cup under Frankie Dettori on the Limekilns and he looks A1 in his skin.
Hugo Palmer was on hand to oversee a piece of work from White Mocha on the Trial Ground and the reaction from connections afterward left the distinct impression he was bang on course for the Betfred Dante Stakes.
His second to Masar in the Craven worked out pretty well in the Guineas and it's hoped a step up in distance could unlock something in this Lope De Vega colt.