Major Jumbo can get back on the winning trail at Chester on Sunday, according to Anita Chambers - she has a tip for every race on every card.
NAP: Major Jumbo (3.10 Chester)
Next Best: Sermon (2.00 Chester)
Major Jumbo can get back on the winning trail as he drops back to Listed company in the MBNA Queensferry Stakes at Chester on Sunday.
Kevin Ryan has been testing his six-year-old against some of the best in the sprinting ranks this season after he rounded out last term with a big-money handicap victory at York.
Major Jumbo has certainly been holding his own though, not being beaten far by Invincible Army on his first outing at Doncaster before making the frame in both the Palace House and Duke of York Stakes.
He also hit the bar in a French Group Two in June, with Ryan suitably emboldened to have a crack at the highest level in the July Cup.
Major Jumbo cut little ice against Ten Sovereigns, but he could hardly be expected to given his 66/1 starting price.
A six-and-a-quarter-length beating was no disgrace though, and a repeat could be good enough to improve on his second of last year in this six-furlong event.
Sermon is worth following as he makes his first start as a gelding in the Britvic Nursery Handicap.
He has placed on each of his three outings for Tom Dascombe so far, claiming third on his debut before being edged out in his two latest efforts by narrow margins.
Gelded since his nose defeat at this track in June, Sermon should have his mind firmly on the task in hand here.
Hereby can bounce back from a heavy defeat last time in the Parade With Aiden Byrne Handicap for Ralph Beckett.
She registered her maiden success at Goodwood in June but could not follow up when tried in novice company at Kempton.
Giving 6lb to both the first and second, Hereby was up against it and switching to the handicap sphere on a starting mark of 72 could prove a good move from Beckett.
Northern Beau let down her supporters at Haydock in May but can make amends in the Age UK Lindsey Informs And Advises Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.
A half-length winner of a very decent contest at Cheltenham in April, she could not follow up when sent off favourite on Merseyside as a strong pace seemed to go against her. Dropped 1lb after being raised 2lb previously, Northern Beau may not be finished with yet.
What Will Be could take some beating in the UK Lindsey Befriends Juvenile Hurdle.
Useful on the Flat, he has made a decent start over obstacles as he has been second at Market Rasen and then winning at Stratford last month, toughing it out as his hurdling was perhaps not quite as good as it could be.
He should be wiser for the experience though and clearly likes sound conditions.
Dan and Harry Skelton are enjoying their usual fruitful summer and could score a double courtesy of Article Fifty and Ulysses.
The first-named goes in the Mike And Lynne Syrett Golden Wedding Handicap Hurdle and he impressed with a clear-cut verdict on his most recent outing.
Ulysses turns out again quickly in the Age UK Lindsey Promotes Volunteering Handicap Hurdle after coming home 15 lengths clear at Stratford on Thursday.
Making his debut for Skelton and his first run since a wind operation, Ulysses absolutely bolted home and is more than capable of turning around quickly to defy a penalty.
Sporting Life tips
CHESTER: 2.00 Sermon, 2.35 Cognac, 3.10 MAJOR JUMBO (NAP), 3.40 Hereby, 4.15 Monoski, 4.50 Gabrial The Tiger, 5.20 Scofflaw.
GALWAY: 2.15 Charle Brune, 2.45 Spring Watch, 3.20 Potala Palace, 3.55 Magnetic North, 4.30 Yorkhill, 5.00 Lake Takapuna, 5.30 Linger, 6.00 Blazing Emily.
MARKET RASEN: 1.20 What Will Be, 1.50 Glan Y Gors, 2.25 Prancing Oscar, 3.00 Northern Beau, 3.30 Primal Focus, 4.05 Article Fifty, 4.40 Ulysses, 5.10 Elena Sue.
DOUBLE: Major Jumbo and Sermon.