It was just the middle of last week that the Roger Fell trained ROUSAYAN took the ultra-competitive Carlisle Bell and he races off a mark just four pounds higher to try to take the John Quinn Racing Handicap at Pontefract.
He pulled off a similar five-day double for David O’Meara at Beverley in the summer of 2017, winning off 79 and then 85, so the task is very much within his capabilities.
Both the hood and jockey Ben Curtis are employed again and the trainer is running at a decent 15% at the moment, whilst ground and the uphill finish are ideal.
SMILE A MILE and CASEMENT are next best on BTO ratings with the former looking progressive and the latter well suited to course and distance with a win and second here, rather than the longer 10 furlongs he tackled at Leicester last time.
SPORIAD represents David O’Meara and won well at Redcar last time, but it was a weak race.
Anything around 7/2 looks fair about Rousayan in an eight-horse race.
Gold Cup favourite Kemboy was flag-bearer in blue and white colours.
Murphy sets sights on Sandown.
Clonmel Oil success sees star chaser back on track.
Fragile hurdler missed last season.
Saturday prospects hinge on Friday inspection.
Queen’s granddaughter joins racecourse committee.
Favourite Slate House also among 20 declared for big handicap.
All go as Italian fits Lingfield, Japan and Hong Kong into schedule.
Course to hold precautionary check at 3pm on Thursday.
Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo may start at Tramore again.