14:25 Newcastle

The eight-year-old ONWARD ROUTE (best priced at 3/1) has a really consistent profile and should hold strong claims in this maiden hurdle with an official rating of 119. The gelding finished 2nd in two bumpers when trained by Ruth Jefferson before placing in all four starts over hurdles this season for Rebecca Menzies. His previous two efforts have come over this course and distance where he has finished 2nd behind Who’s My Jockey and 3rd last time behind King Of Realms. 

Onward Route has been given an official rating of 119 which is 1lb below the favourite Deeper Blue but the price discrepancy looks too big given that the Rebecca Menzies trained gelding returns here following a wind operation since his last run. 

Onward Route - 1pt @ 3/1

17:20 Southwell

The Charlie Wallis trained BERNARD SPIERPOINT (best priced at 7/4) has won both of his starts since dropping down to 5f in a visor and he should hold strong claims off only a 5lb higher mark. The five-year-old made all under Luke Morris over this course and distance on his penultimate start off a mark of 49 before dead heating at Wolverhampton last time in a classified stakes despite missing the break from Stall 10.

Bernard Spierpoint is now reunited with Luke Morris and the pair should prove hard to beat off a mark of 54 back over a straight 5f.

Bernard Spierpoint - 1pt @ 7/4

18:20 Southwell

With a record of 3/3 over this course and distance, it is easy to see why CARUSIUS (best priced at 11/10) is a short-priced favourite for this race. The five-year-old was disappointing on his return at Redcar on soft ground but he has won his previous two starts in impressive style. The Charlie Hills trained gelding won by 4 ½ lengths over this course and distance in early December off a mark of 67 before following up under a 5lb penalty last time.

Carausius runs here off a mark of 78 which is 6lbs higher but he still looks well handicapped given the manner of his 2 ¾ length victory last time and he should prove hard to beat. 

Carausius - 1pt @ 11/10