14:25 Newbury

There is a big field for this 0-120 handicap but preference goes to the Ben Pauling trained FINE CASTING (best priced at 5/2) on handicap debut. The six-year-old won the bumper on this card last season on heavy ground before finishing down the field in the Grade 2 bumper at the Aintree festival. He appeared to need his reappearance run at Ascot but ran much better at Uttoxeter on good ground when 2nd behind the Olly Murphy trained Storm Of Light. 

Fine Casting got off the mark over hurdles last time at Ffos Las when he showed a good attitude to win by 1 ¼ lengths with the pair pulling 14 lengths clear of the third. The handicapper has given him an opening mark of 114 which is very fair and he should prove hard to beat with Kielan Woods retaining the ride.  

Fine Casting - 1pt @ 5/2

14:50 Dundalk

The Kieran Potter trained SLADE RUNNER (best priced at 9/2) won this race last season and should hold strong claims of repeating that victory off only a 1lb higher mark. The five-year-old won this race by ½ length off a mark of 49 before finishing a close 2nd on the same course and distance on his next start off a mark of 54. He went on to finish 3rd and 4th on his next two starts at Dundalk off a mark of 55 but following a few below-par runs on turf the handicapper has been kind and dropped him down to a mark of 50 for the AW.

Slade Runner returned from a 190-day break to finish a close 4th over 5f here last time when staying on well at the finish and that should put him spot on for a repeat bid in this race. He is clearly well handicapped off a mark of 50 and should prove hard to beat with the talented Mikey Sheehy taking off 3lbs.

Slade Runner - 1pt @ 9/2

17:20 Dundalk

ALEKSEY TOLSTOY (best priced at 15/2) was a big eye-catcher last time on his stable debut for Gavin Cromwell and he should run well if building upon that effort. The four-year-old didn’t show much in four starts for Michael O’Callaghan but his best performance did come over this course and distance when 3rd in a maiden despite being sent off 40/1. 

The gelded son of Buratino was once again unfancied on his stable debut when sent off 50/1 over 7f here but made eyecatching late headway to finish a never nearer 4 ¾ length 9th. He runs here off the same mark of 68, should be well suited by the step back up in trip to a mile and looks sure to run well with four places on offer. 

Aleksey Tolstoy - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2