Former jockey Vince Smith has made a favourable impression since taking out a trainer's licence this year and he notched his sixth win of the year when Arran justified strong market support at Southwell recently.

And the newcomer to the training ranks can be on the mark again with former Northern-based Beauvrai in the Curious Group English Wine Classified Stakes at Brighton this evening.

The former John Quinn-trained gelding showed clear signs of a return to form on his latest start when a close second to the bang in-form Jonny Ebeneezer over six furlongs at Newmarket.

He was flattered to get as close as he did that day but this looks a much less competitive event and a strongly-run race over this extended five furlongs should be very much in this favour.

Sir Mark Prescott and Seb Sanders have been in sparkling form and the combination can be on the mark again with Optimal in the Nestle Fillies Handicap over a mile and a quarter.

The three-year-old ran much better than on her reappearance at Lingfield last time and the drop in trip, combined with the first-ime blinkers, can enable her to get off the mark at the sixth attempt.

At Folkestone's evening meeting the booking of Frankie Dettori takes the eye for Ben Hanbury's Forest Tune in the Wine For Home Handicap over the extended nine furlongs.

Hanbury, who is reportedly considering his future, will be keen to bag as many winners as possible for the remainder of the season and his six-year-old has shown enough of late to suggest he has fair claims in this company.

Dettori, who can be on the mark with Querido for Saeed bin Suroor in the opener, has fair claims aboard the same stable's Munaddam in the European Breeders Fund Maiden over six furlongs at Yarmouth's afternoon meeting.

The well-related juvenile has several big-race entries, including in next year's Vodafone Derby and, given the way the stable's newcomers have performed this year, lack of a recent outing isn't a worry.

At Haydock, Mark Brisbourne's Smart John looks the one to be on in the Gatehouse Handicap over a mile and a half.

This course and distance winner on his penultimate start was found out by a combination of a mile and six and easy ground when returned to this track last time and will be much more at home back on a sound surface.

Serre Chevalier is a progressive sort whose form can continue on the up in the Diane Murphy 40th Birthday Handicap over a mile.

Peter Harris has his team in good order and the three-year-old showed the right attitude to peg back Minority Report in a fair Sandown maiden last month.

Lynda Ramsden's Trojan Flight, who looks better than the bare form of his last run at Thirsk, is fancied to give a good account back in professional hands in the Joan And Richie Thomas Golden Wedding Anniversary Handicap over six furlongs.

Although yet to win a race, the gelding fared the best of those that raced on the far side that day, despite his tendency to wander off a true line, and he'll have plenty of assistance from the saddle as Robert Winston takes the ride.

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