There is heavy rain forecast for all tracks across Britain today and there is a precautionary inspection at Doncaster at 7.30 this morning, although no check is planned for Newbury.

If racing goes ahead at the Berkshire track, then I hope to see Kinross (2.55) maintain his unbeaten record in the Group 3 Cancom Stakes – formerly known as the Horris Hill. Ralph Beckett’s colt made a visually impressive debut at Newmarket on debut winning by eight lengths on good to soft ground.

His ability to handle today’s heavy ground must be taken on trust but the runner up has subsequently landed the odds at Kempton. He is 6/5 at BetVictor for this afternoon’s race and 16/1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

Morando and Young Rascal (2.20) dead-heated in the St Simon Stakes 12 months ago and the pair meet again on the same terms today. Morando has the best recent form going into the race but the William Haggas-trained four-year-old has been gelded since his last start and should be fresh returning from a five-month lay-off. He gets the nod at 11/4 with BetVictor.

In the opening 3m 1f handicap Chase at Cheltenham, Dan Skelton saddles three and I feel Captain Chaos (2.00) can reward each way support at 16/1 with BetVictor who are betting each way five places. Bridget Andrews take the mount on this eight-year-old who has had a run at Wetherby and ran a very good race in the Kim Muir at the Festival in the spring.

Quel Distin may struggle to given 4lbs to Torpillo (2.35) in the two-mile Conditions Hurdle for four-year-olds. The selection won well on his reappearance at Chepstow and connections have shelved plans to go chasing to take in this valuable event. He is likely to stay over hurdles if he runs well this afternoon. The selection is 11/4.

One note of caution: He did run poorly at Cheltenham in the Fred Winter back in March when he was too free to do himself justice. He settled much better on his reappearance and the hope is that his Festival run was just a blip.

Secret Investor was taken out of his planned reappearance at Chepstow on account of the soft ground earlier in the month and he is a likely favourite who looks vulnerable on the ground in the Novice Chase.

Slate House (4.55) remains a maiden after failing to win in four starts over fences last season, but has had another wind operation since his last run, has good course form over timber and goes well fresh.

At Chelmsford this evening, Midport (7.30) returns to the track for the inform Roger Charlton for the first time since looking a potential improver over tonight’s 1m 6f trip when beaten six lengths staying on over 1m 4f on his handicap debut at Salisbury. Thomas Greatrex takes off a valuable 5lbs and the three-year-old has a good draw in stall five.

The ground was given as good at Aintree for tomorrow’s terrific card, but significant rain is forecast today and I am sweet on the chances of Kalashnikov (3.00) in the Old Roan Chase. The selection is 7/4 with BetVictor and gets a stone from last year’s winner Frodon. Indeed, I feel Forest Bihan might be a bigger danger for inform Brian Ellison stepping up in trip to two-and-a-half miles for the first time.

The Veteran’s Chase is another excellent race and I hope Venetia Williams has Burtons Well (1.50) back to something like his best returning from 1 664-day lay-off. Soft ground suits this 10-year-old who has an excellent record fresh and it is well documented how much owner Trevor Hemmings likes to have winners at his local track.

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