15:45 Hereford: Download the PlanetSportBet App Open NH Flat Race (2 miles 53 yards)
Planet Sport Bet’s racing ambassador Harry Cobden has been booked for some strongly-fancied runners here, and the last of his four rides is no exception, with Rue St Denis expected to perform well for Paul Nicholls on his career debut.
Half of the field are making their bow on the horse racing circuit, but of those with a run or two under their belts, the Georgina Nicholls-trained Dante’s Inferno catches the eye after an encouraging debut at Ludlow six weeks ago.
After looking beaten approaching the furlong pole, he rallied in game fashion to lead briefly before being edged out on the nod by Bobby’s Fortune, with the front two comfortably clear of their five other rivals.
The manner in which this four-year-old bodes well for the extra half-furlong being asked here, while the better going should suit his turn of pace even more.
To complete the Nicholls’ family outing, daughter Olivia is retained to take the ride, and although sparingly booked, her eight wins from just 26 rides since March this year suggest that she could well be much busier as this season progresses.
Her seven-pound allowance will only enhance their chances further, and at double-digit odds and with four places available in certain quarters, they appears to have a decent chance of at least making the frame here.