14.05 Ludlow 

Tom Lacey’s FLASHING GLANCE (best price 3-1) has failed to convince as a chaser, lacking fluency, but the drop back to minimum trip under a positive tactics should enable him to get back on track as he’s often seen to best effect from the front and can make it three-from-four at this venue. 

The eight-year-old was undoubtedly the best of these over hurdles, winning six times in total, two of those at this track and four of those coming in class-three events including off marks of 130 and 135. His jumping let him down here when last spotted but he’s better than that and the handicapper has eased his mark a further three-pounds. Raya Time would be the obvious threat but his form is nowhere near as good as what Flashing Glance has achieved and the remainder are even harder to fancy so, on the form available, Flashing Glance should be favourite for this event and should be more than capable of getting back to winning ways up against a mostly uninspiring bunch, especially if those errors have been ironed out. 

Flashing Glance  - 1pt @ 3/1

14.13 Newton Abbot 

HOGAN’S HEIGHT (best price 10-1) is likely to return to the larger obstacles in due course but this Grand Sefton chase winner is used to pitching in higher-quality events than this and gets an each-way vote to go well on his seasonal reappearance under Page Fuller. 

This ten-year-old wasn’t disgraced when twelfth in the Grand National when last spotted and his record in class-four or lower assignments reads an excellent 2622111. He’s proven in underfoot conditions and the excellent Page Fuller takes the ride, too. He’s up against a couple of in-form participants but he’s thrown in here off 120 compared to his chase mark of 146 and, at the current prices, he looks great each-way value.

Hogan’s Height - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1

14.48 Newton Abbot 

This could prove to be an informative novices’ hurdle event and preference is for the Harry Fry-trained MIGHT I (best price 13-8) who made a winning bumper debut at Warwick and can build on his sound effort when fifth in a listed event at Newbury on his hurdles debut here. 

He dented a few reputations when slicing through soft ground at Warwick in December and ran well to finish fifth in a listed event at Newbury when sent off favourite. He weakened in the latter stages that day but he travelled like the best horse in the race and that form looks strong given the first, Good Risk At All, looks a high-class prospect and the runner-up, I Like To Move It, won on hurdles debut at Perth recently. I thought the opening 5/2 in a place was a fair enough price about him and he rates one of the likeliest winners of a typically competitive heat for the grade. 

Might I  - 1pt @ 13/8

16.15 Carlisle 

THE PADDY PIE (best price 5-1) is very consistent and is back down to his last winning mark so is seemingly the logical each-way choice against plenty of rivals who have plenty to prove at present. 

Sue Smith’s charge normally competes in better races than this and has undergone wind surgery since he was last spotted so that positive addition could signal further improvement. The eight-year-old has an exceptional record in this grade over fences, reading 211 and to take matters further, his form over this trip reads 212221, while he’s been successful over fences three times in higher-grade events off marks of 121, 122 and 118. He beat the 124-rated Bollin Ace when last sighted in this grade and, with plenty of things in his favour, he must enter the reckoning here under Ryan Mania.

The Paddy Pie - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1