13:55 - It's very difficult to look past THE FLYING SOFA (7), who admittedly wasted a similarly golden-looking opportunity at Wincanton 18 days ago, but he sets a clear standard on form and ought to open his account at a course where he has run well at in the past. Coal Stock is the clear danger for Sam Thomas, but will likely have to settle for second place.
14:25 - While HOWLONGISAFOOT (1) was below form on his reappearance over slightly shorter here two weeks ago, he takes his chance in what looks a particularly winnable contest here. He was without blinkers last time, but they return here, and it's worth noting that he produced his best effort of last season in terms of form with that particular headgear fitted - when finishing second at Worcester last September. In what looks a particularly muddling contest, he would be worth chancing for the in-form Chris Gordon team - who have a strong record in spring. Belmont Park shaped as though he retains all of his ability when finishing third here after 16 months off recently and would be a big threat provided he doesn't bounce.
14:55 - We haven't seen ISTIMRAAR (5) since he disappointed in a seller at Worcester in July 2017, and he makes his reappearance here off a career-low mark on debut for the Dan Skelton team. Skelton does particularly well with recruits of Istimraar's type, and it would be no surprise should he prove to be a different proposition here off a basement mark for his new trainer. Indeed, Skelton does well with chasers at this kind of trip, and considering the strength of Istimraar in the market this morning, he looks worth siding with to return to form. Templier and Sadma rate as the main threats, though it wouldn't be a surprise should plenty of these struggle to feature.
15:25 - An excellent race. Plenty have claims, but preference is for LEGAL HISTORY (13), who created an excellent impression when winning a competitive juvenile handicap under a fine ride at Ascot in March. He followed out without too much fuss in a minor contest at Exeter last time, and though he's been raised 8 lb since, there could still be room for movement off today's mark for the in-form David Pipe team. Baddesley Knight is a C&D winner here and is interesting on handicap debut, while Mister Universum is another big threat.
15:55 - A race that won't take too much winning. It's unlikely that WINTER SOLDIER (1) will bump into Thanos here, and while he's yet to show too much in four starts over hurdles so far, it's interesting that he was well-supported after a breathing operation when finishing fourth at Taunton last time. Again prominent in the market, he's been dropped 4 lb for that and it would be no surprise should things click into place sooner rather than later. Jot'em Down is by no means well-treated on handicap debut, but would have claims on his best form considering he won a bumper here in 2016, while Tzar de L'Elfe is holding his form well and deserves another win.
16:30 - An interesting novices' hurdle, which has been won by some smart types over the last few years. Admittedly, this year's renewal may not provide a winner of such calibre, and HE'S A GOER (2) has been very hit-and-miss in his first season over hurdles. When things do come together, though, he's capable of fairly useful form, and produced his best effort yet to finish second at Warwick 11 days ago. He perhaps doesn't have the most resolve when push comes to shove, something which he hinted at last time, but he sets the standard here for the in-form Tom Lacey team, and the booking of Richard Johnson is undoubtedly a bonus. It's Got Legs ran his best yet when winning a C&D handicap hurdle at the last Plumpton meeting and rates as a big danger.
17:05 - KEREMAN (3) showed improved form to open his account over hurdles after a breathing operation and an 18-month absence at Uttoxeter last month, benefitting from a positive ride and a jockey who was able to claim his 10 lb allowance. That jockey, William Marshall, is back on board once again, and Kereman arrives here just 5 lb higher than that success. There's scope for further progress from Kereman now that he's opened his account, and he's fancied to follow up for the in-form Dan Skelton team. Not many of the others make much appeal, but Age of Wisdom is another last-time-out winner open to to progress, while Buckeye Shan is worth monitoring in the betting starting out for a new yard.