Anita Chambers previews Sunday's action and heads to Uttoxeter for her best bet of the day.
Nap: Cobra De Mai (3.50 Uttoxeter)
Next Best: Whatsthemessage (4.10 Hamilton)
Cobra De Mai can get his campaign off to a perfect start with victory in the Moorland Contract Cleaning RA Bridgwater Memorial Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.
Dan Skelton's charge is one of the better runners on display on what is a relatively quiet Sunday, after signing off last term with a fair effort at Grade Two level.
The six-year-old was one of just two finishers in the Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr in April, finding Bigmartre a length and three-quarters too good in what was not the strongest renewal of the race.
That said, Cobra De Mai was at an 11lb disadvantage with the winner on the official ratings, so he certainly deserves a bit more credit than the bare result suggests.
Cobra De Mai will be having his first start since then, and while a few of his rivals have the benefit of a recent run, he has gone well off a break in the past and looks to be a horse on the up.
Skelton can also strike gold with Lady Maleficent in the Weekend Sentinel Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
She ran a decent race on her hurdling bow and was duly sent off an odds-on favourite on her most recent start, but she failed to shine and was beaten 20 lengths in second at the line. A bit of cut in the ground looks like it would suit, so any rain would be in her favour.
The Bay Birch has been a thoroughly consistent performer for Matt Sheppard and can keep up the good work in the Sentinel #localandproud Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
Good enough to finish second in a Cheltenham Listed heat on her penultimate start, she was a winner at this track in May and should be nicely refreshed for this following a summer break.
Bugsie Malone should not be ruled out of the Friends & Family Remembering Norman Sharpe Handicap Hurdle at Plumpton.
He ran wide on the bend when beaten into second on his most recent start, but had previously showed plenty of determination to notch a front-running victory at Worcester.
Bugsie Malone perhaps failed to give his very best last time, so can be offered another chance.
Whatsthemessage has dropped 9lb in the ratings this year and could be back on a workable mark in the EBF Stallions Scottish Premier Series Fillies' Handicap at Hamilton.
She ran well over this extended mile trip to finish third in a better event than this back in July and her recent third offers a little hope again.
Sporting Life tips:
HAMILTON: 2.00 Dyson's Girl, 2.30 Jack Blane, 3.05 Rosemay, 3.35 Jamil, 4.10 Whatsthemessage, 4.40 Traditional Dancer, 5.10 Flying Focus.
NAVAN: 2.05 Advantage Point, 2.35 Misty Millie, 3.10 Sinndar Sandy, 3.40 Madison To Monroe, 4.15 Its All Guesswork, 4.45 Abbey Magic, 5.15 William Wolf, 5.45 Ace Combat.
PLUMPTON: 2.20 High Command, 2.55 Bleu Et Noir, 3.25 Orchestrated, 4.00 Physical Power, 4.30 Bugsie Malone, 5.00 Top Chief, 5.30 Canford Thompson.
UTTOXETER: 1.40 Petrify, 2.10 Balkinstown, 2.45 Minella Warrior, 3.15 Discay, 3.50 COBRA DE MAI (NAP), 4.20 The Bay Birch, 4.50 Lady Maleficent, 5.25 Stormbay Bomber.
DOUBLE: Cobra De Mai and Whatsthemessage.