13:25 Newcastle

NORTH PARADE (best price 5-1) ran really well for a long way in a pretty useful maiden for the track standards at Carlisle last time out and with his opening mark of 97 not looking too harsh based on that effort, Sue Smith’s gelding is fancied to make some sort of impact on handicap debut.

Having his first outing for 215 days, the son of Dylan Thomas raced with plenty of zest for the first mile or so of the journey and it was only on the approach to the last hurdle when his lack of an outing became an issue. Tiring on the run-in, he ended up getting beaten further than it looked likely turning for home, but in the context of the overall speed figure of the race and, just as importantly, today’s context, his effort still reads well enough. Moreover, the form has worked out well since with the likes of Fabuleux Du Clos and Vintage Fizz finished placed in decent novice events and with today’s stiff, galloping track set to suit his huge frame, this long-term chasing project has a decent opportunity to make a big impression at this fairly low level.

North Parade - 1pt e/w @ 5/1

15:25 Newcastle

RETURN FIRE (best price 5-1) has been plying his trade against some pretty smart Northern novices’ so far this term and with today’s contest looking by far and away one of the easier tasks he’s faced, Lucinda Russell’s gelding should have every chance of finally getting off the mark.

Only just outrun by the useful Mister Whittaker at Kelso on his seasonal return, the six-year-old shaped with promise on his first attempt in handicap company at Aintree, keeping on well from the back of the field to finish a never-nearer third. Filling out the same position on his most recent start back at the Borders venue, the son of Leading Light did his level best up against two above-average types in the shape of Ned Tanner and Famous Bridge, so to come out of that contest with the handicapper taking the view he ran his worst race is a surprise to say the least (dropped from 116 to 112). On the evidence of what we’ve seen of him so far in this country, he seems a pretty uncomplicated type who stays well, so with that in mind, today’s three miles on a stiff track should suit him better than most.

Return Fire - 1pt e/w @ 5/1

17:50 Southwell

FLYING INSTRUCTOR (best price 11-2) has run pretty nicely on each of his two outings so far to date and a repeat of ether performance – certainly based on the speed figures – should see Alex French’s go close to providing the rookie Newmarket handler his second career winner.

A promising third on his debut over 1m4f at Lingfield when keeping in well late, the son of Nayef was dropped back in trip for his latest instalment at Wolverhampton and in what turned out to be a keenly contested affair, he once again shaped with great credit. Hitting the front over two furlongs out, he proceeded to drift to the far rail and that manoeuvre up against three who were all finishing strongly down the more favoured middle part of the track ultimately proved his undoing. That said, it was still a fair effort for an unconsidered 80-1 poke and with the step back up in trip seen as a wise move by connections, the scopey four-year-old should be good enough to hit the frame at the very least.

Flying Instructor - 1pt e/w @ 11/2