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Stepping up in trip by a furlong and a half also looks to be a positive factor, and any further rain would not be a concern either.  (stock photo)

Stepping up in trip by a furlong and a half also looks to be a positive factor, and any further rain would not be a concern either. (stock photo)

Stepping up in trip by a furlong and a half also looks to be a positive factor, and any further rain would not be a concern either. (stock photo)

Rake's Progress turned in a solid effort at Newbury on his latest start, but can take a starring role in the Warfield Handicap at Windsor.

Heather Main's five-year-old put in good late work to take second place behind Involved over a mile and a quarter last month, eventually being beaten three and a quarter lengths.

That was his first outing in 223 days, so clearly Rake's Progress should strip fitter for the outing, and a 1lb rise in the weights certainly does not look insurmountable.

Stepping up in trip by a furlong and a half also looks to be a positive factor, and any further rain would not be a concern either.

Blue De Vega continues to perform with credit and is worth a chance in the Felix Handicap.

It is four years now since he finished third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, and he appears to have found his ideal trip at five furlongs and can usually be relied upon to be thereabouts when fully fit.

He was not beaten that far when eighth on his return in an ultra-competitive event at Newmarket and again was staying on last time out to finish third after making a bit of a slow start and meeting some trouble in running.

Dropped 3lb for those two outings, he is now a bit below his winning mark of last year and should go well again.

Mark Johnston has given March Law a great opportunity to get off the mark in the EBF Stallions Novice Stakes at Ayr.

And Mamba Wamba has a chance to capitalise on a more realistic assignment at Thirsk, after she ran respectably in the Queen Mary.

AYR: 12.40 Captain Magnum, 1.10 Star Cracker, 1.40 Fortamour, 2.15 March Law, 2.45 Northern Hope, 3.15 B Fifty Two, 3.45 Glasses Up, 4.15 Queen Mia.

THIRSK: 4.55 Lyons Lane, 5.30 Mamba Wamba, 6.00 The Grey Bay, 6.30 Moretti, 7.00 Magnetised, 7.30 One Idea, 8.00 Aiden's Reward, 8.30 Broctune Red, 9.00 Kitty's Cove.

UTTOXETER: 12.55 Dusty's Choice, 1.25 Timoshenko, 1.55 Dariya, 2.30 Diodorus, 3.00 That's A Given, 3.30 Doing Fine, 4.00 Building Bridges, 4.30 Wilberdragon, 5.05 Bonnie Golightly.

WINDSOR: 4.40 Perfect Sunrise, 5.15 Blue De Vega, 5.45 Unbutton, 6.15 Who Told Jo Jo, 6.45 RAKE'S PROGRESS (NAP), 7.15 Mr Wilton, 7.45 Settle Petal, 8.15 Taawfan, 8.45 Hot Summer.

DOUBLE: Rake's Progress and March Law.

Belfast Telegraph