13:30 Exeter

Snug As A Bug hasn't finished out of the first two in three starts since joining Susan Gardner and a reproduction of her latest effort at Fontwell should see her thereabouts but FAMILY POT (best price 16-1) lost no caste in defeat from the front when making a 1-10 favourite pull out all the stops at Ludlow a fortnight ago and, granted similar tactics, he may go one better on handicap debut. 

He looked to be a gelding struggling to find his feet in his first four hurdling starts but produced his best effort yet when second of three last time. I think that could be useful form in the context of this easier assignment as he drops into this grade for the first time with Katie Powell claiming seven-pounds. The only concern would be soft ground but, if he handles it, this six-year-old may have turned a corner and looks fair each-way value with improvement to come and four places on offer.

Family Pot - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

13:40 Newcastle

THORNTOUN CARE (best price 22-1) has been largely consistent in defeat this year including the last three times on the turf and, although it’s been nineteen runs since he last returned to the winners enclosure, Roger Fell’s ten-year-old has an excellent chance of hitting the frame at the very least with plenty in his favour on these terms in this weak affair. 

It’s been a while since the veteran last tasted success and we have to take into account that it’s been two years since that last happened but, on the flip side, he’s performed a lot better than the results have indicated of late. A few of his younger opponents have compressing claims but this veteran hardly runs a bad race and he makes plenty of each-way appeal under Bradley Harris. 

Thorntoun Care - 0.5pts e/w @ 22/1

14:50 Newcastle

FORTAMOUR (best price 10-1) likes it here with form figures at the track reading 134123 and has generally been in good form all year. He tends to make his move from off the pace so will need plenty of luck but he posted a respectable performance when midfield in the Ayr Bronze Cup and a return to this course is a huge plus given his track-record. Andrew Mullen knows him very well and, with all the ammunition to showcase his qualities on return to his favourite venue, this five-year-old should be very competitive again here. 

Fortamour - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1

16:40 Gowran Park

WOLF PRINCE (best price 4-1) finally got his head back in front when showing a tenacious attitude to see off two Willie Mullins’ inmates over hurdles when last spotted and with connections having a keen eye to exploit his lenient flat mark, this looks a good opportunity for him to run another big race. He is ground-versatile and given the fact he’s rated 142 over timber, his mark of 76 in this sphere is very attractive for a horse who is capable of top-level form. Ben Coen has been booked for the ride and, on the assumption he gets a clear passage, Gavin Cromwell’s five-year-old makes plenty of appeal with four places on offer as he should be going close to winning an event of this nature in this code at the very least.

Wolf Prince - 0.5pts e/w @ 4/1

17:05 Newcastle

TOMILY (best price 12-1) is hard to catch right but this may be the time to do just that, as he went close on his penultimate outing in this grade and has become dangerously well-treated of late. The seven-year-old has mainly competed in stronger events than this during his career and, despite not running to form just three starts ago on the turf, he will find this a lot easier and he’s established himself to be a hard horse to pass when let loose on the front-end. He’s not the force of old but he’s still more than capable at this level and might be a big each-way player in what looks a fairly ordinary race for the grade.

Tomily - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1