It's all about Aljazzi at Kempton
Aljazzi has a couple of decent early-season entries and if she is to prove competitive in such events, she really should be putting up a good show in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes at Kempton today.
There is plenty of action on Easter Saturday but this Listed contest represents the pick in terms of class, and class is something Aljazzi certainly seems to have, judged on her efforts last term.
The four-year-old won on her only juvenile start and after finishing fourth in the Fred Darling at Chelmsford last spring, Marco Botti felt his filly deserved at crack at Classic company.
Ultimately she was found lacking in the 1000 Guineas but her neck verdict in a Haydock Listed heat last August shows she is certainly capable at this level and a subsequent fourth in an Irish Group Three suggests there could be a bit more in the locker.
Her final outing of 2016 was disappointing, but she can be forgiven as it was relatively late in the campaign and she had perhaps gone past her best for the year.
Given Aljazzi already has black type to her name, it is interesting connections have chosen to persist with her when they could easily have sent her to stud, so perhaps the hint should be taken.
Jacob Cats has hit a purple patch this month and can bring up a quickfire hat-trick in the Flat Is Back On Racing UK Queen's Prize Handicap.
William Knight's charge made his 2017 debut at this track on April 1 and wasted little time in getting a win on the board, powering home by the best part of three lengths before defying a 6lb rise to double up just four days later.
He now takes his chance again 10 days on from that verdict and while he races off 93 here, the extra 2lb from last time may not be enough to shackle him.
Isharah has been plying his trade to good effect over the winter and can make his fitness edge tell in the totepool Queen's Cup Handicap at Musselburgh.
Five outings on the turf last year yielded little joy but his confidence should be riding high after notching a hat-trick in December and January.
He could not quite get on terms with First Mohican in a fast-track qualifier on his most recent outing but there was no disgrace in that run and Isharah can be relied upon to put his best foot forward.
Monsieur Joe is now a 10-year-old but his advancing age should prove no bar to success in the totescoop6 Borderlescott Sprint Trophy Conditions Stakes.
Shanroe Santos has endured a bit of a bumpy ride during his career but he can bag the decent prize he deserves in the Challenger Staying Chase Series Final Handicap Chase at Haydock.
Winner of his first two hurdles starts in the 2014-15 season, he was then pitched into the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, finishing well beaten before also ending up down the field at Ayr on a subsequent start.
Double: Jacob Cats
Yankee: Monsieur Joe