13.25 Newcastle 

A few to consider, but none more so than the Iain Jardine-trained OOT MA WAY (best price 4-1), who’s exceeded market expectations with three solid displays over hurdles and makes her handicap debut off a lenient mark here. The form of her second last-time-out, at Musselburgh, has been strongly advertised by the third, who went close in a juvenile hurdle recently. This looks a lot easier and, with scope for better off a light-weight under Conor O’Farrell, this progressive four-year-old filly is fancied to go one better here. 
 

Oot Ma Way - 0.5pts e/w @ 4/1

14.25 Newcastle 

The form of Deeper Blue’s second on his penultimate outing could hardly have worked out any better but he looked a bit laboured when last spotted and is short enough in the betting. With that in mind, I’m more attracted to the price tag about MOUNT MELLERAY (best price 10-1), who was a consistent hurdler/chaser in Ireland and has a good chance on stable debut for the Hamilton’s here. His form is working out nicely and he looks on a good mark back in this sphere, while his RPR's firmly put him into the picture. Jamie Hamilton has his only ride on the card and trainer Ann Hamilton has her only runner here so the seven-year-old might offer some each-way value against the favourite. 

Mount Melleray - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1

14.40 Exeter 

MANVERS HOUSE (best price 15-2) remains winless in this sphere but has fallen to an attractive mark and makes plenty of each-way appeal in the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle. He does have a few risks attached based on the fact he’s been pulled up the last twice but, unlike most of these, he’s extremely well-treated and acts well on good to soft ground. He reached the frame multiple times in better events than this in this sphere last term, including when runner-up four times, one of those being behind Chantry House, proving his capabilities when on a going day for connections. He drops into this grade for the first time since hitting the frame for the fifth consecutive time in this class and therefore is certainly worth an each-way interest with five places widely available. 

Manvers House  - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2

14.55 Newcastle 

Just the four-runners go to post for the DFE Telecom & Security Installations Novices' Limited Handicap Chase and I’m going to take a chance on the well-treated HOLD THE NOTE (best price 10-1) to cause a mini upset. The eight-year-old ran poorly on his final start with Mick Channon and didn’t fare much better on stable debut for Ewan Whillans. That said, he probably needed his reappearance and will find the return to chasing off an exploitable mark in this easier grade to his liking with having run under his belt. He has a bit to prove at present but he’s ten-pounds lower than when fourth in last year's Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival and also pushed the 147-rated Enrilo to a half-a-length second at Newbury over today’s distance off level-weights. If he can return to that sort of form, he must have every chance of winning this as he’s mostly performed very well in top-end handicaps during his career. 

Hold The Note - 1pt @ 10/1

15.25 Newcastle 

The DFE Electrical Commercial & Domestic Handicap Hurdle looks fairly competitive but the capable SKIPTHESCALES (best price 8-1) has a lot going for him and appeals most, each-way, with four places widely on offer. It’s been a while since he last won but he’s twice been successful around this track off higher marks and caught the eye when a staying-on second at Kelso last-time-out in a class-three at Kelso off this mark. He’s proven himself to be very effective in better company than this off higher-marks in the past and the application of a first-time visor could give him a bit of a boost. He drops in grade now and, with Kit Alexander taking five-pounds off in the saddle, he is effectively handicapped to strike but, at the very least, should reach the frame in a race where a lot of his rivals have something to prove. 

Skipthescales - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1

18.20 Southwell 

Carausius might prove a tough nut to crack but makes no appeal at the odds and I like the claims of SHAKE A LEG (best price 9-2), who’s produced three solid front-running seconds and might be able to dictate matters here. The five-year-old did his best to push a 90-rated rival to a one-length second when last spotted and remains on the same mark today. I don’t think there’s a lot to separate himself and the favourite on collateral form and, in the hope that Callum Rodriguez can judge the fractions right, this well-treated five-year-old should make a bold bid to gain a first win in the UK.

Shake A Leg  - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2