The Plan is to pick a race each day and give it a fairly detailed preview - hopefully picking up a worthwhile punt, but not scrabbling around for one. In reality, the "every jumps day" might prove impractical. For instance, you have been to Plumpton, had a couple of pints, get the train back, go to the pub. There might well be time to go through a race and publish, but no-one wants the unintelligible guff. So The Plan and The Harsh Reality may not always coincide.

The verdict is simple for each horse: The more Axes the better, but lay, or at least avoid, the Stalins. Keep a wary eye on the Mysterons
In order to handle changeable ground, a preference table has been added - the key is:
Y+ = Strong preference      Y = OK      Y? = Probably OK      ?Y = Maybe OK      ? = insufficient evidence
?x = Maybe a problem      x? = probably a problem      x = definite problem      blank = no evidence to judge
14th August, Worcester 6.20, Follow Myracingtips On Twitter Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race (class 5)

Course: Left-handed, galloping, level

Distance: 2 miles

Going: Good

Stables in strong form: Nicky Henderson, Warren Greatex

Stables in below par form: Deborah Faulkner, Nick Littmoden, Ben Case, Katy Price

Claiming Jockey Watch: Max Kendrick (Templepark) claims 5 lb, 22/264.
In the eventuality of Primal Focus or Influential Lady hitting 4/1 or more, get stuck into them. The more appealing option, providing all eight arrive to take part, is an each-way tickle with Avast Ye.

HorseGoing DistanceCourse Comments
HeavySoft Gd-SoftGoodGd-Fm2mLHGallopLevel
------------------------ -------- -------------------------------------------
Goldanblue??Y?1st time hood
Heaven Hall???
Laughing Luis??Y?1st run beyond 1m 6f
Primal FocusYYYY
Avast Ye?Y?Y?Y?Y?Y
Influential LadyYYYY1st time eyeshield
Kims DiamondRacing debut
Points of Order

GOLDANBLEU (Deborah Faulkner), 10-12, hood

He has not raced for eighteen months and has gained a hood since he was last seen. The sole earlier run was a third place at Ludlow, but only four ran and he was beaten twenty-odd lengths. The winner of that is now rated 130, and the runner-up came good with rwo wins early this summer. So it may not be a bad run, although with poor stable form it is hard to trust his readiness for this comeback.

HEAVEN HALL (NIck Littmoden), 10-12

Compared to the top horse on the card, his sole previous run being as recent as late May is much healthier looking. However, he lost that race by 96 lengths. He would have been last of nine, but one of the main protagonists opted to unseat with ten yards to race. Bet for race? Maybe. Many, many lengths better? Probably not.

TEMPLEPARK (Ben Case), 10-12

In early 2017 he contested a couple of Irish point-to-points. The first was an unexceptional third of six, but he won the next try. The placed horses were pretty modest performers, but he had eighteen months off and appeared to put up a decent bumper/British debut, when second over course, distance and going. However, only five ran and the two to have raced and been thrashed since, were the last couple. Weak stable form may stop him from progressing on that effort.

LAUGHING LUIS (Nicky Henderson), 10-11

Both of his races so far have been over about a mile and three quarters, and he has not really threatened to win either. The opener was a nine lengths loss at Towcester, most of the rivals showing nothing of since, but there have been glimpses of competence if willing to search hard and optimistically. He was fourth last time, beaten further in a race where the second and third have won since, and whilst ignoring Nicky Henderson runners in this sort of race in summer is not often wise, he has a bit to find.

PRIMAL FOCUS (Christian Williams), 10-11

Runner-up in his only Irish pointing run, only two of his five opponents actually finished, so perhaps the demands of the result were not that great. He proved it not to be a fluke when also runner-up on his first try in a bumper, around Newton Abbot. That was not an awful race and the winner has two good runs before that victory, so to see him expand on the performance would be below astonishing levels of progress, especially if the galloping track suits him better.

AVAST YE (Shaun Lycett), 10-5

The only thing wrong with her debut run over course, distance and going was that it ended up with a loss of about a dozen lengths. The winner was an Alan King trained, JP McManus owned horse that had been placed in two bumpers, both big fields and excused his flop in hurdles debut with a slipped saddle. The second has won since and the trio were well clear of the rest, with the fourth being a previous runner-up. The yard is not known for bumper wins (has the odd one or two), but this mare is a possible, especially if sticking nearer the front early on.

INFLUENTIAL LADY (Warren Greatrex) , 10-4, eyeshield

For fans and friends of Heaven Hall, it should be noted that she was stuffed by 75 lengths on debut, but only lost the follow up by four lengths. It is possible that a long trip to Hexham for her first run frazzled her mentally, and the latest run is to be trusted. It is noted that one place and two lengths behind her was the horse that beat Primal Focus at Newton Abbot. The second in her lastest run has managed to be a close second again. The yard is in form and she is not to be ruled out of a big run again.

KIMS DIAMOND (Katy Price), 10-4

And so we get to the end, and meet the only debut maker in the line up. Despite operating with a small string and few runners in buper company, the yard has won at this level, so it is not impossible that this filly cn make an impact. At this time of year, a slightly more scarce amount of ability amongst the enemy might have been reasonably hoped for.
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