Sam TurnerSTEELRIVER (Kempton, 4.30) has emptied more pockets than a snooker referee in his time, but if the gelding is ever going to win again then the masterful hands of George Baker could work the oracle.

Baker nearly proved the catalyst to a return to the winner’s enclosure for the seven-year-old yesterday at Wolverhampton where only Zac Brown’s determination denied him a long overdue win.

Steelriver is not one for the mortgage but this is a golden chance with his yard in good order, over a course and distance which suits.

TEMPLE ROAD (Wolverhampton. 5.45) made a mockery of a similar handicap at Lingfield on New Year’s Eve when given a mercurial ride by Baker and the veteran looks to have a great chance if Joe Fanning can be similarly patient.

Hopefully, Wetherby will pass an inspection so that CROSSPARK (Wetherby, 1.35) has a chance to bounce back to form following a disappointing showing at Doncaster. A previous second to Pobbles Bay at Uttoxeter in a race which has worked out extremely well would give the selection major claims in this company.

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