13:00 Lingfield

PHILLIPA SUE (best price 5-1) placed in all four bumpers when trained in Ireland and, although her jumping let her down when unseating her rider on hurdles/British debut at Doncaster when last seen, she’ll find this a lot easier starting out for her powerful trainer. In fact, that latest assignment was a listed event and given she’d pulled hard throughout the event, she still managed to make significant headway into second before her departure and the form has been advertised by the winner since, Dragon Bones. I find it astonishing to see her trading at a higher price as I thought she’d be pushing for favouritism in this huge drop in grade so, with that in mind, she rates decent each-way value with the possibility of outclassing these with a clear round. 

Phillapa Sue - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1

13:50 Hexham

ROSTELLO (best price 8-1) has yet to win in seventeen starts but that doesn’t justify his ability on the whole as he’d placed twice last year off marks of 110 and 112 on soft ground in a pair of class-four events. The six-year-old clearly saves his best for underfoot conditions and was last seen running well to finish third off this mark. His Worcestershire-based trainer has an excellent strike-rate here - (38% in the last five seasons) with eight winners from his twenty-one runners and, with plenty of positives that will hopefully conspire him to be competitive with four places widely on offer, he gets a strong each-way vote in the Racegoers Club, British Horseracing's Fan Club Handicap Chase.

Rostello  - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1

14.50 Hexham 

The best bet at Hexham, from my point of view, looks to be the James Ewart-trained ETTILA DE SIVOLA (NAP) (best price 5-2) in the Tant Pis Handicap Chase. The seven-year-old took a step back in the right direction off reduced mark when second at Kelso on return in a higher-graded affair last-time-out. He split two horses rated 116 and 117 and will tackle no horse rated higher than 106 here, so will find this easier. His best form has undoubtedly come on ground softer or worse and he finds himself nine-pound lower than when winning at Newcastle in a class-four assignment this time two years ago under Brian Hughes. The drop into this grade following wind surgery, allied to conditions will very much be in his favour, so he should go close to winning this. 

Ettila De Sivola  - 2pts @ 5/2