Sam TurnerBacking a horse like SIR WILL (Hereford, 2.50) requires a certain amount of license but there are a few reasons why the six-year-old appeals in a modest staying handicap hurdle.

Firstly, trainer Kerry Lee is beginning to hit form and she clearly identifies winners at her local course as a priority.

Secondly, there is every reason the selection could improve for a step up in trip as he was noted keeping on steadily in the closing stages of a two-and-a-half mile Chepstow novices’ hurdle won by Elegant Escape last October. That form has been enhanced a number of times since, not least by the winner who landed a Class 2 event at Ascot on his next start, while third-home Call To Order won a warm Cheltenham handicap.

Elegant Escape is now rated 137, so Sir Will looks capable of making his presence felt off a mark of 118 today providing the deep ground isn’t the undoing of the son of Yeats.

Half an hour earlier, Lee could instigate a double if GINO TRAIL (Hereford, 1.50) has recovered from a terrific performance at Warwick last time when narrowly beaten by the potentially high-class Buveur D'Air.

MONEY MAID (Herford, 3.20) strikes me as another well handicapped individual and she deserves a change of fortune following two narrow defeats. She has bumped into Maxed Out King and Two Smokin Barrels on her last two starts yet still resides on a perch of just 100 which appears lenient for a horse clocking her speed figures.

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