14:10 - There should be plenty of pace on here, thanks to the likes of Pret a Thou and Marky Bob, which should suit Alex Dunn's Trapper Peak. He was well-backed on his debut for the yard at Huntingdon last time out and shaped with plenty of promise. Trapper Peak was a little too keen, but jumped well in the main and, dropping back in trip, this race looks tailor-made for him. A strong gallop would also suit top-weight Buck Mulligan who drops in class and rates a big threat; he's worth also including.
14:40 - Not a lot of pace on here and every chance that Over My Head could get an easy lead. He didn't seem in love with the heavy ground at Uttoxeter last month (sent off co-favourite), but he wasn't alone as eight of the nine runners pulled up! Joseph Mercer is unexposed over fences, and looks well-treated on his hurdling form, while that comment also applies to Tickatack and Rocky Stone. The most reliable in the race is Arthamint, a winner at Warwick in November, and he looks the most solid option.
15:10 - Aqua Dude's third to Yanworth at Ascot last time out is the best form on offer here and he looks banker material, despite conceding weight all round. His penalty comes from a win at Southwell in November and he looks to have a bright future. Point winner Amber Gambler is one to take seriously if the money comes, while Rose Revived looked promising in bumpers last season but was very disappointing on her hurdling bow at Ludlow earlier this month.
15:40 - It wouldn't be a surprise to see the money come for Driftashore now the point winner is stepped back up in trip, however According to Trev looks a well-handicapped horse, and a better bet as a result. He may not have won since November 2014, but David Bridgewater's runner is only 1 lb higher than that win over fences at Haydock. His second to So Fine at Cheltenham in December looks rock solid form, too. Top-weight Kaysersberg looks well-handicapped on his fourth to Brother Tedd at Kempton in November, so he too goes on the list ahead of Optimistic Bias who needs to bounce back from a poor run at Haydock last time out.
16:10 - Orchard Road is one of several dropping in grade here, however, he couldn't take advantage of the drop to selling company in December and is passed over accordingly. Worldor, a winner as recently as September, is respected, but Pandorica looks the better bet. She has dropped 9 lb in the weights since making her handicap debut at Ludlow in December, and should relish this likely better ground. Gary Moore knows what it takes to make a splash in races of this ilk so Mount Shamsan, a winner of a Redcar seller on the Flat in November, rates a big threat.
16:40 - A rather large (mine)field here. Dolly Diamond brings some of the best form to the race, having been a runner-up at Ludlow earlier this month, however consistency is not her strongpoint. The same applies to most of these, including Mission Complete, though he looks very well-handicapped now (last win off 13 lb higher) and his young jockey knows him well. Whispering Speed's second to Navanman at Fakenham last time rates good form, and he makes the shortlist too, along with course regular Riddlestown.
17:10 - As the race title suggests, no form to work with here for this 'newcomers' bumper. Elgin is more speedily-bred than a lot of his rivals, which catches the eye, however Alan Swinbank enjoys plenty of success in this sphere and Happy Hollow, a half-brother to a seven-furlong winner, gets the nod. Tom Lacey and Tom George both have good strike rates with their bumper runners at the track, so any support for First du Charmil or Stamp Your Feet should be noted. Bella Girino, who is from the family of Theo's Charm, is another to make some appeal.
Back Trapper Peak to win in the 14:10
Back Aqua Dude to win in the 15:10
14:10 - 1,6
14:40 - 1,6
15:10 - 1
15:40 - 1,2
16:10 - 2,5
16:40 - 8,11
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