image-left-align Sam TurnerConnections of PLAYFUL DUDE (Southwell, nap, 1.05) must be getting frustrated that their four-year-old invariably runs well but can’t put his head in front.

Hopefully, that may change for Phil McEntee’s gelding who again ran a terrific race when narrowly beaten by the in-form Shearian over course and distance last time.

McEntee’s Newmarket base has been in fair form of late and the American-bred selection is worth one more chance to end a galling run of seconds.

LOYALTY (Chelmsford, 5.45) has been to more racecourses than me, but he does at least remain capable when he goes and the veteran could get his head in front for the 15th time in a terrific career today.

The 10-year-old’s last three career wins have come at the Essex venue and his recent efforts there have all been creditable in a higher grade than he tackles here. I like the fact Tony Hamilton (4-14 aboard the selection) is reunited and Loyalty’s record in January is also very useful as he has won four of the nine starts he has contested in years gone by.

There looks plenty of pace for LANCELOT DU LAC (Chelmsford, 6.45) to aim at with pace setters Bosham and Distant Past likely to light it up from the front.

That should suit a horse with an all-weather record of 31358311112 who stays six furlongs well and won his sole Chelmsford start 12 months ago.

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