Wetherby 14:10

OUR THOMAS has looked as though he should be well suited by the winter game based on his performances on the Flat and he is taken to get off the mark at the first time of asking in what should turn out to be an informative juvenile contest. The well-made son of Dylan Thomas, although a maiden on the level, has run some nice races in defeat, most notably when third to the very smart Star Storm at Haydock two starts ago. Although it’s always dangerous to assume these promising types off the Flat will automatically take to racing over eight flights of hurdles, he does come from a yard that will have prepared him better than most and he rates an exciting prospect for the upcoming months.

Our Thomas - 1pt @ 11/8Won 1.38pts

Nottingham 16:10

LAHAYEB (NAP) is building up a nice portfolio of solid performances at this track and looks sure to go well despite trying Class 3 company for the first time. Michael Appleby’s charge opened her account at the Colwick Park venue when landing an extended mile handicap back in April and although she failed in her bid to follow up 10 days later, fast ground was to blame for her demise. Back on her favoured soft surface, the daughter of High Chaparral absolutely bolted up on her next visit several weeks later, so much so, that the handicapper took umbrage by dishing out a 15lb punishment. Off the track for five months, she ran as though just needing the run when nutted in the dying strides in a well-contested affair here seven days ago, but with the likes of the strongly fancied pair, First Sitting and Green Light well beaten in behind, the form looked reliable. Now proven off her new mark and sure to be straighter for that outing, this likeable and game filly makes plenty of appeal at her early quotes and should be backed accordingly.

Lahayeb - 2pts e/w @ 8/1Won 20pts

Nottingham 16:45

FREDRICKA ran off its face from what turned out to be a hugely disadvantageous draw in an ultra-competitive Ayr sprint handicap last time out and is strongly fancied to go close providing she doesn’t end up on the wrong side of the track on this occasion. Ivan Furtado’s charge faired best by a mile of the five that chose to race towards the stands side in that 24-strong contest and finishing with great gusto inside the final furlong, she somehow managed to drag herself into a creditable sixth position at the line. Prior to that tremendous effort, the daughter of Assertive had run with great distinction in two similarly competitive 5f handicaps and although it’s never a sensible stance to get overly confident about these kind performers on a regular basis, she does leave the impression one of these races looks sure to go here way with a fair rub of the green.

Fredricka - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1Placed 0.5pts

Wetherby 17:25

BEATABOUT THE BUSH may lack the sexy profile of some of his main market rivals, but he does have a nice attitude to racing and can more than hold his own in this sort of contest. Fresh from a recent pipe-opening victory on the Flat at Wolverhampton, Henry Oliver’s charge had some smart form over hurdles last season – including a stylish C&D back in January. Although outclassed in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival, the fact he was allowed to take his chance in such a prestigious race shows the regard he is held at home and this race looks a good starting point for his season.

Beatabout The Bush - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1Lost 1pt