12:00 Southwell

NINEOHTWOONEOH was a shade disappointing when sent off favourite at Taunton last time, but had looked to be on an upward curve before that and a switch to chasing could return the Ditcheat-trained six-year-old to his best. Oxwich Bay was a consistent performer last season and comes into calculations if not finding things a touch on the quick side, while Zen Master has shaped nicely over fences off a similar rating in the past and won't mind conditions.
Prediction : 1st Nineohtwooneoh 2nd Oxwich Bay 3rd Zen Master

12:35 Southwell

CRACKING DESTINY bumped into the useful Greaneteen when second off this rating at Musselburgh in February and having landed a confidence-boosting victory over timber since then, looks primed to strike. The seven-year-old blew the cobwebs away with a spin round Newcastle in a 10-furlong Flat contest last month and a big performance appears on the cards. The handicapper has given course-and-distance winner Azzuri a chance and handler Dan Skelton is no stranger to success here in the summer months. There could be some mileage in Tidal Watch's mark and this track should suit, while Capital Force has dropped to his last winning mark and produced an encouraging display on his first outing since wind surgery at Stratford in March.
Prediction : 1st Cracking Destiny 2nd Azzuri 3rd Capital Force

13:10 Southwell

THE GREATER GOOD romped to a 25-length success in the Littlewindsor pointing field in April 2019 and could prove a shrewd purchase for 45,000 pounds having been given plenty of time to get ready for his Rules debut by handler Paul Nicholls. Sol De Mayo's experience could help and he has hinted at being useful, while Fergal O'Brien has a 23-percent strike-rate in bumpers at this venue and saddles Ultimate Getaway and Lunar Sovereign, who both require a market inspection.
Prediction : 1st The Greater Good 2nd Sol De Mayo 3rd Ultimate Getaway

13:40 Southwell

FLINTROCK has had the benefit of a recent outing on the Flat, albeit finishing last at Sandown, and the step up in distance, along with the application of cheekpieces, on his handicap debut could help Neil King's gelding step forward considerably. Iconic Hero can leave behind a disappointing effort at Ludlow in November with a sounder surface potentially benefiting him, while Black Anthem is respected on what he achieved throughout last summer.
Prediction : 1st Flintrock 2nd Iconic Hero 3rd Black Anthem

14:10 Southwell

THRAVE boasts a decent level of form on the level, rated as high as 96 when with Henry Candy, and warmed up for his hurdles bow with a fair effort in a tough handicap at Haydock last month. A flat track will give him every chance of staying and he could have too much speed for his rivals. Enemy Coast Ahead makes his first start for Olly Murphy following a placed effort on his hurdling debut at Newbury in December, while Rhosneigr can enter calculations despite carrying a 7lb penalty for his Huntingdon success.
Prediction : 1st Thrave 2nd Enemy Coast Ahead 3rd Rhosneigr

14:40 Southwell

SANGHA RIVER displayed a fair amount of ability in a couple of bumpers but hasn't seen the track since finishing second at Lingfield in February 2018. This doesn't appear to have as much depth as the first division and Olly Murphy's gelding can make up for lost time. Ashutor sets the standard of those with hurdling experience but is potentially flattered by his rating of 125, while Let Rip is an interesting recruit to hurdling and boasts a run under his belt from the Flat.
Prediction : 1st Sangha River 2nd Ashutor 3rd Let Rip

15:10 Southwell

CHAPMANSHYPE was in great form towards the back end of last year, winning three on the spin at Fontwell, and the form of his latest success there reads well because he comfortably beat Highway One O One, who ended up contesting a handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He could still have something in hand off a mark of 132 and gets a confident vote on his return. Hunters Call has an absence to overcome but connections have booked Richard Johnson so perhaps that means he's ready to roll, while chances are also given to Mason Jar, Byron Flyer and Rhythm Is A Dancer.
Prediction : 1st Chapmanshype 2nd Hunters Call 3rd Rhythm Is A Dancer

15:40 Southwell

EXTREME FORCE boasts an attractive, unexposed profile which suggests he'll have enough in hand to win a competitive handicap like this off 127. Once trained by Sir Michael Stoute on the Flat, he really appreciated the switch to hurdling in December and January and he won well under a winner's penalty at Catterick when last sighted. The older horses won't let him have it all his own way, though, with Dino Velvet representing an in-form yard and Wells De Lune boasting six wins over timber.
Prediction : 1st Extreme Force 2nd Dino Velvet 3rd Wells De Lune

16:10 Southwell

GET AN OSCAR sneaks in under bottom weight in the finale and boasts sound claims sporting first-time cheekpieces. The Getaway mare, who won a Hexham bumper, got off the mark over timber at Market Rasen last year and remains on a workable mark. She has gone well fresh in the past and might have a bit more in hand than Jasmin Des Bordes, who struggled off this mark at Chepstow last November. Easyrun De Vassy is therefore considered the main danger now he's back on a decent surface.
Prediction : 1st Get An Oscar 2nd Easyrun De Vassy 3rd Jasmin Des Bordes

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