Another very brief update - it's that time of year. Delighted to report though that Rochdale did the business at a lovely sp of 11/2, winning the same race for the third year running, going clear in the home straight and lasting home by over 2 lengths at the line. Dubh Go Leir made a fine effort to make all and found just one too good, but Mentalist was slightly disappointing, finishing a one paced third.
Rochdale will likely reappear in a fortnight for a race where his last four year's figures read 1,2,1,1. Did finish quite tired today, but must be worth a look again for that one.

LILY'S ANGEL (Dundalk 9.00) NAP will quite possibly be my only bet of the day. Unlikely to be a get rich price, having decisively scored over c+d a fortnight ago with Devotion and Aaraas brushed aside. given that they are second and third in the official ratings here, it's hard to see her getting beaten by either of them, and the rest probably aren't up to this class. The selection had a tough time in the Guineas and took a while to recover, but Ger Lyons has worked the oracle and the filly is blossoming now. Stall five is an excellent draw.

A very weak mix of jump and all weather fare elsewhere ofor a friday, though the maiden hurdle at Fontwell is quite intriguing. The in-form Tizzard and Dr Newland teams are represented by Lord of the Dunes and Young Hurricane respectively. The latter has the advantage of a recent run but was a modest enough second of five, while the former ran well in a Newbury bumper on career debut before disappointing slightly back at that venue next time.

However both might have to give best to Gary Moore's promising winning pointer Portrait Emotion (Fontwell 1.10). The horses it beat, More Madness and Benevolent, have both gone on to win races under rules in Ireland so the form looks quite strong. Joshua Moore can take off 3lbs and if this one goes well here, could be one to watch through the winter.

A thin Friday then, but a competitive weekend lies ahead. Thanks for looking in.