13:30 Uttoxeter

The Nicky Henderson-trained CALL ME LORD (best price 5-2) must concede a lot of weight and fitness to most of his rivals on seasonal/chase debut, but he’s the class act in the field and will be extremely hard to beat here if his level of hurdles form can be transferred to this sphere. The eight-year-old had kept good company throughout the whole of last season, including when fifth in the Grade One Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree. He undoubtedly brings the best form to the table and given most of his rivals are racing from out of the handicap, this classy individual can make a winning start in this code under Daryl Jacob at the expense of Come On Teddy. 

Call Me Lord - 1pt @ 5/2

13.50 Fontwell

Ben Pauling’s WHATSUPWITHYOU (best price 9-2) failed to make an impact on chase debut at Ascot, but that was a deep race to start his chasing career, and he’s likely to leave that behind with this longer trip sure to suit. The seven-year-old was a very smart hurdler last term and was a fine fourth in the 22-runner Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival in March off a mark of 136. He gets in here off 129, so is clearly well-handicapped, while Luca Morgan can claim his valuable five-pounds, too. He has lots of scope to make an even better chaser, especially if ridden positively, which has often seen him to best effect. I think he has a better chance of reaching the frame, at least, than his odds suggest. 

Whatsupwithyou  - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2