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Lucy Wadham can round the Grand National meeting off on a high with her upwardly mobile bumper performer SUNSHINE CORNER in the closing Pinsent Masons Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Aintree on Saturday.

Lucy Wadham can round the Grand National meeting off on a high with her upwardly mobile bumper performer SUNSHINE CORNER in the closing Pinsent Masons Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Aintree on Saturday.

This King’s Theatre filly comes from the same family as the stable stalwart Baby Shine and quickly made her mark first time out at Bangor.

She was nibbled at in the market and under the Irish jockey Paul Townend never gave her fans cause for alarm.

This step up into Listed Race company obviously presents a challenge but the indications are she is good enough to make the progression and earn herself some valuable black type.

John Ferguson sends several fancied runners up to Aintree and the one I like most is QEWY in the Mersey Novices Hurdle on Saturday. There was a lot to like about his Cheltenham Festival effort. The six-year-old finished fifth to Douvan and could win on the anticipated faster ground.

Down Under early on Saturday morning, the Newman Ed Dunlop’s globetrotting warrior RED CADEAUX is looking to hoist his global prize winnings over the £5 m barrier in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

Considering he was not fully wound up on his first run over there, he put in a tremendous effort to finish fifth to Spillway at Flemington. That run and subsequent work have brought him to concert pitch and although he drops back in distance and faces a tough task against his ex-stable companion Contributer and the Ryan Moore partnered Adelaide, this determined character could scupper their challenges.

Back here on home shores, it could pay to side with Hugo Palmer’s SPANISH SQUEEZE in the 32Red International Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Lope de Vega colt has wintered a treat and the indications are he will use this Listed Race as a stepping stone to even better things.

Michael Wigham’s unbeaten STAR ASSET will not go down without a struggle but, along with Marco Botti’s FANCIFUL ANGEL appears likely to have bow to Spanish Squeeze.

On the same card, Jeremy Noseda’s NIGEL’S DESTINY appears to be ahead of the handicapper and is a sound wager in the Ladbrokes handicap.

Later in the afternoon, Julia Feilden saddles ATTAIN for the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Handicap. The application of a tongue strap last time out on this course encouraged him to reproduce his smart home form in public and he gained a long overdue win. Now that he has broken the ice, he is expected to go onwards and upwards.

Ed Vaughan may hold the answer to the Try a totequickpick Handicap at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening with CLAIM THE ROSES. The improving four-year-old ran on strongly to beat Thataboy by three quarters of a length over seven furlongs on the Midland track. The way he finished and the work he puts in suggests the step up in trip will suit him.

Put him in a Round Robin with Julia Feilden’s AVIDLY in the Bet totetrifecta Handicap and Chris Dwyer’s FOIE GRAS in the Bet totequadpot Handicap.

Build up your Grand National betting bank at Chelmsford this evening by siding with James Tate’s SBRAASE in the Bet T toteexacta Handicap. The four-year-old beat Two Jabs smoothly at Wolverhampton and I just give him the edge over Peter Charalambous’s Boonga Roogeta.

John Gosden has found the right opening for MARTLET to land the first success of her career in the Bet totequadpot Maiden Fillies Stakes. The Dansili filly had just the one run as a juvenile, finishing a promising third to Sagaciously at Leicester in September. Judged on her gallops this race is well within her powers.

A similar comment applies to Charlie Appleby’s ARABIAN OASIS in the Bet toteswinger Handicap. He confirmed he had wintered well making all to beat North American by a length at Wolverhampton and it appears the handicapper has let him in lightly.

This afternoon at Southwell, take a chance with Giles Bravery’s BISON GRASS, who appears to have dropped to a commercial mark in the Newark Residents’ Evening April 17 Handicap.

Tomorrow I intend to back George Margarson’s underrated JAMMY GUEST in the Kibworth Handicap at Leicester, where I will also be investing in Sir Michael Stoute’s MUSTARD in the HAC Pipeline Supplies Handicap.