Anita Chambers makes Orvar her best Thursday bet and she has a tip for every race at Wolverhampton.
NAP: Orvar 6.10 Wolverhampton
Next best: Executive Force 6.55 Chelmsford
Orvar is an interesting contender in the Betway Handicap at Wolverhampton as he jets back in from a spell in Dubai. Paul Midgley's charge ran twice at Meydan last month - and while he could not get his head in front, he ran well enough in defeat in competitive events.
Returning from a 100-day break, he finished fourth behind Australian speedster Faatinah at the first attempt before filling the same position behind Mazzini later in the month. Orvar perhaps did not progress quite as much as hoped in between those two runs, and he has dropped 2lb in the ratings as a result - leaving him on a reasonable perch of 99. He will have to post a career-best to win here, but a bit of time in the winter sun should stand him in good stead.
Water's Edge contests what appears to be a trappy event in the Ladbrokes Handicap. All four runners are very closely matched, but preference is for James Tate's charge after a cosy success in novice company last time. He had to settle for second on his first handicap attempt - and while he is 5lb higher now, he has the appearance of a progressive individual.
Executive Force is on a roll and can bring up his four-timer in the Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford. He has leapt up 18lb in the handicap. But given he was rated as high as 102 in the past, a mark of 89 certainly does not look beyond him.
Kadiz has been knocking on the door in her last three starts, and she can finally taste victory in the Betway Maiden Stakes at Southwell. She handled the Fibresand surface last time, and it would not take too much more to win a race like this.
Angel Palanas is something of a Southwell specialist and can be relied upon to put his best foot forward in the Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap. Each of his four career victories have come at the Nottinghamshire venue, and he has struck up a nice rapport with 7lb claimer Jonathan Fisher.
Anytime Will Do is unbeaten in three outings under Rules and can keep up the good work in the MansionBet Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon. The six-year-old impressed on his initial hurdles outing at Uttoxeter but then had to be pretty game to win again under a penalty at Bangor. He has been off the track since that run at the end of October, but he clearly enjoys good ground and has a couple of Festival entries next month.
Anytime Will Do can provide the first leg of a double for Dan Skelton as his Peppay Le Pugh can hit the mark in the MansionBet Chase. A six-length winner at Doncaster back in November, Peppay Le Pugh can handle a 6lb rise given the ease of his victory.
I'm To Blame is the pick in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle at Sedgefield. He was a 26-length winner at this track on his most recent outing and a starting mark of 124 looks reasonable.
Sporting Life tips:
CHELMSFORD: 5.50 Point Zero, 6.25 Lalania, 6.55 Executive Force, 7.25 Red Bond, 7.55 Barossa Red, 8.25 Rippling Waters.
HUNTINGDON: 2.15 Monk's View, 2.50 Anytime Will Do, 3.25 First Quest, 4.00 Peppay Le Pugh, 4.35 Air De Rock, 5.10 Festival Dawn.
SEDGEFIELD: 1.35 Scorpo, 2.05 Ettila De Sivola, 2.40 Cap Du Nord, 3.15 I'm To Blame, 3.50 Chosen Flame, 4.25 Roxyfet, 5.00 Dontdelay.
SOUTHWELL: 2.25 Baron Run, 3.00 Alpha Tauri, 3.35 Kadiz, 4.10 Angel Palanas, 4.45 Epitaph, 5.20 Gorgeous General.
THURLES: 2.00 Real Steel, 2.30 Dawn Shadow, 3.05 Harrie, 3.40 Castle North, 4.15 Diggin Deep, 4.50 Hughies Bay, 5.25 Dolly Dancer.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.05 Zarkavon, 5.40 Paradise Boy, 6.10 ORVAR (NAP), 6.40 Klass Action, 7.10 Water's Edge, 7.40 Dark Alliance, 8.10 Plumette.
DOUBLE: Orvar and Executive Force.