SamTurnerA return to the fibresand worked the oracle for HOLIDAY MAGIC (Southwell, nap, 3.40) last week and he can gain compensation for his narrow defeat at the hands of Volatile.

The time of that seven-furlong handicap was on a par with anything I’ve clocked during the winter at the Newark venue and the selection appears to hold a bright chance of going one better providing those exertions haven’t taken their toll. The handicapper had previously shown a little generosity in dealing with the seven-year-old and his mark of 86 looks a viable perch for him at present.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks they say, but equipping INTRANSIGENT (Kempton, nb, 7.45) with the first-time visor may challenge that assertion. Andrew Balding’s veteran has been a grand horse in his time and those with excellent memories may remember he did this column a favour last January with young Rob Hornby on board. It is the excellent Joshua Bryan’s turn to enjoy a spin on the nine-year-old who boasts some excellent stats at the track and is slipping to a very attractive mark despite his advancing years.

He was only beaten three lengths by this year’s all-weather revelation Spare Parts last time and the headgear should help to give his young rider a hand by encouraging his mount to travel a little sweeter.

DARK SIDE DREAM (Kempton, 8.15) consistently compiles excellent speed figures on the all-weather and he makes plenty of appeal with Silvestre De Sousa on board for his in-form stable. Any each-way prices about the six-year-old look very fair value.

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