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Perfect Pastime should be afforded close scrutiny when he wages war in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield.

Jim Boyle’s six-year-old has held his form reasonably well since winning over course and distance in November, but now might be the time to get involved again.

Despite having bombed out on his penultimate start, connections must have been reassured of Perfect Pastime’s well-being when he finished fifth in a seven-furlong handicap at this track on March 5.

Jockey Stephen Craine was hamstrung by his outside draw that day, so he did well to get to within just over two lengths of the winner, Ghost Train.

He also had to endure plenty of trouble in running a furlong from home, which further upgrades that performance.

Perfect Pastime remains appealing treated off a mark of 58 - just 1lb higher than when he was last victorious - and has a far better draw than last time.

It should pay to lend support to Ssafa’s cause when she takes the plunge in the Betdaq £25 No Lose Mobile Bet Fillies’ Handicap at Kempton.

Consistency has never really been the six-year-old mare’s trademark, but she is a decent horse when in the right frame of mind.

That was evidenced at this track a few weeks ago when she galloped gamely to get to within a quarter of a length of Adiynara, to whom she was giving 2lb, in a handicap over a mile and three furlongs.

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That race was not particularly satisfactory, though, as they went far too quick early before finishing in something of a heap.

In any event, trainer Alastair Lidderdale must have considered giving Ssafa a chance to shine over farther following that stout display, but she has actually gone back down to a mile and a quarter.

Seeing as she readily won over course and distance in November, Lidderdale clearly has a valid gameplan and can be relied upon to have made the right call.

The on-song Pick A Little can rattle off a hat-trick in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Southwell.

Michael Blake’s sprinter has been in superb form this winter, with a narrow success at Wolverhampton in December supplemented by a comprehensive two-length defeat of Divertimenti over course and distance in early January.

Pick A Little has another 6lb in which to counteract for this assignment, but Blake has not haphazardly campaigned the six-year-old so he should be sharp enough to again do himself justice.

The gelded son of Piccolo also has a flawless Southwell record, with three previous triumphs at the Nottinghamshire circuit.

Knockraheen can kick on from a fair chasing bow by taking the Higos Insurance Services Exeter Handicap Chase at Exeter.

Jonjo O’Neill’s inmate was third in a three-mile handicap for novices but should know a lot more about the game with that pipe-opener in safe-keeping.

While no superstar of Jackdaws Castle, a race like this is surely within his compass - especially now the ground is riding a lot quicker.

SELECTIONS

EXETER: 2.10 While You Wait, 2.40 Henryville, 3.10 Toby Lerone, 3.40 Knockraheen, 4.10 Night of Passion, 4.40 No Likey, 5.10 Delta Borget.

KEMPTON: 5.30 Cataria Girl, 6.00 Enquiring, 6.30 Ssafa, 7.00 Comedy House, 7.30 Choice Of Destiny, 8.00 Fab Lolly, 8.30 Bold Prediction.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Hamoody, 2.30 Pour La Victoire, 3.00 Mimi Luke, 3.30 Passing By, 4.00 Lady Lunchalot, 4.30 Pharoh Jake, 5.00 PERFECT PASTIME (NAP).

SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Honoured, 2.50 On Demand, 3.20 Exclusive Waters, 3.50 Dubai Hills, 4.20 Pick A Little, 4.50 Nellie The Elegant, 5.20 Goodlukin Lucy.

DOUBLE: Perfect Pastime and Ssafa.

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