Race 3 – Beverley 11:50pm
4. Arab Poet: Looks the type who will progress through the handicap ranks this year and he can make a winning return for the Sir Michael Stoute yard that has started the season brightly, saddling six winners and a host of placed horses since its first runner earlier this month.
Arab Poet needed four goes to get off the mark in maidens last year, but he was unfortunate to bump into Massaat (runner-up in the Dewhurst next time) when second at Leicester and then won smoothly from subsequent scorers Alshaqee and September Issue at Lingfield. Being by miler Poet’s Voice out of a 10-furlong winner, the step up to the extended seven furlongs should suit Arab Poet, too.
Race 6 – Beverley 1:20am
7. Jacbequick: Was generally below par in 2015 but the switch to David O’Meara’s yard could have a revitalising effect, as it has for many recruits from rival stables in the past, while the five-year-old is also 4 lb below his last winning mark and has three course wins on his CV.
Conditions on the soft side of good won’t be a problem for Jacbequick either given he’s won on heavy, and he’s ridden by a fully-fledged jockey (Danny Tudhope) for just the fifth time as he makes his 21st start. He ticks plenty of boxes.