SENOR LOMBARDY struck between the flags in the spring and landed a Hexham bumper when last sighted last month. Keith Dalgleish's four-year-old is expected to give a good account on his hurdles bow as he's in receipt of 7lb from penalised course (2m5f) scorer Coole Hall. Manitowoc County was outpaced over 2m3f at Carlisle and could improve for this step up in trip, likewise Flemens Story, a point winner who made his Rules debut over 2m here two weeks ago.
Prediction: 1st Senor Lombardy, 2nd Coole Hall, 3rd Manitowoc County
12:50 Morrison Construction Novices' Handicap Chase
OAK VINTAGE lost little in defeat when finishing a short-head second to John Williams at Hexham last month and with that rival franking the form at Musselburgh last week, the selection is expected to remain competitive off a 1lb higher mark and follow suit. Betancourt struck over hurdles off 8lb lower at Sedgefield last month and is worth a market check on his fencing bow, while Petapenko is back from a long break and debuts for a new trainer so could similarly take a hand.
Prediction: 1st Oak Vintage, 2nd Betancourt, 3rd Petapenko
13:25 Graeme Todd And Friends Handicap Hurdle
LANDECKER landed this contest off 3lb lower 12 months ago and is expected to give a good account following a recent 2lb drop in the ratings for his last run at Aintree. Scotswell signed off last season with a chase victory here over this trip in April and is worth a market check on his seasonal return, albeit he's rated 5lb higher here. Tawseef has been active on the Flat recently and also appears feasibly treated at present.
Prediction: 1st Landecker, 2nd Scotswell, 3rd Tawseef
14:00 Frank Flannigan Skiphire & Border Skiphire Handicap Chase
COOKING FAT was catching the eye when staying on at Carlisle on last Sunday before unseating his rider at the fourth last and, providing his confidence isn't dented by that, looks the one to beat with Brian Hughes getting back on board. Cup Final has disappointed the last twice but has had an 82-day break and that might just improve him, while Chidswell warrants respect with Nicky Richards in good form at present.
Prediction: 1st Cooking Fat, 2nd Cup Final, 3rd Chidswell
14:35 Mayfield Restaurant Handicap Chase
VENGEUR DE GUYE showed good improvement to return to winning form at Ayr on his latest start and a 3lb rise in the weights looks more than fair for the son of Dom Alco, who is fancied in what doesn't look the strongest of races. Welcome Ben had a fruitful spell over the summer months and arrives here in better form than most of these, while Tomorrow's Legend was in good form when last seen in the spring of 2016 and bids to continue that here.
Prediction: 1st Vengeur De Guye, 2nd Welcome Ben, 3rd Tomorrows Legend
15:10 George Higgins 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap Hurdle
Helmsley Lad is entitled to improve for his Sedgefield reappearance and is more than capable of landing this. However, his free-going style of running leaves him vulnerable late on and he could get picked off once again here, with the in-form BENNY'S SECRET expected to go well. Nick Alexander's seven-year-old was brave when scoring over course and distance last time and could have plenty still in hand here off a mark of 104. Cape Of Glory and Craig Star look closely matched on their Sedgefield run in the summer, with the latter having come out and won over track and trip since. They are two other potential improvers to consider.
Prediction: 1st Bennys Secret, 2nd Helmsley Lad, 3rd Cape Of Glory
15:45 Urwin Family Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race
Jedd O'Keeffe has seen his National Hunt string running well of late and it would be no surprise if Doctor Thea is able to build on her Carlisle third earlier this autumn, while Derriana Spirit is a half-sister to Anthony Honeyball's dual-winning hurdler Pure Vision and is in good hands at Nicky Richards' Greystoke base. Irish raider Rashee is worthy of a market check, however, the most solid option could be HARRISONS PROMISE on the back of a second-placed effort on her hurdles bow at Newcastle and there is every chance she will have improved from that.
Prediction: 1st Harrisons Promise, 2nd Derriana Spirit, 3rd Doctor Thea