14:30 Newbury

GUNSIGHT RIDGE (best price 5-1) has really got his act together since embarking on a hurdles campaign and hailing from a stable who have rid themselves of the shackles pre-Christmas, Olly Murphy’s gelding can make an impact on his first outing in handicap company.

The son of Midnight Legend made a bright start to his hurdling career when chasing home the useful Qualismart in a well-run affair at Market Rasen and he went on to go one place better at Doncaster a month later, showing a willing attitude to gain the day over two above-average types in the closing stages. On the evidence of these two performances, the wind surgery after a slightly disappointing effort in a bumper at Southwell last season have helped immensely and even though he steps into the unknown regarding today’s softer conditions, hopefully he will have the qualities to cast that slight negative aside.

Gunsight Ridge - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1

16:05 Newbury

Broomfield Burg carries forward a big reputation from the point-to-point field and he could easily prove to be a cut above the rest, but aside from his obvious claims, FINE CASTING (best price 4-1) has done enough to suggest he shouldn’t be dismissed totally out of hand and he makes more appeal as a strong each-way alternative to the likely short-priced favourite.

Promising when shaping better than his finishing position over today’s C&D back in November (race has worked out well since), Ben Pauling’s gelding improved significantly on that initial effort next time out at Warwick and it’s that run which provides him with a solid platform for today’s test. In what was a strongly run affair at the Midland venue, the son of Shantou went hard all the way to the line to provide the winner, Might I, with the only level of interest in terms of a serious challenge in the final half a mile and with the numbers from that quality affair 41 days ago suggesting it was easily one of the best races of its kind run so far this season, it would be a major shock if he wasn’t to go close here this afternoon.

Fine Casting - 1pt e/w @ 4/1