13:00 Southwell

Leg 1 Selections: Six One Nine, Sergeant Painter

SIX ONE NINE has a really good record over two-miles on decent ground in this sphere, in which his form figures read 121F and is only three pounds higher than when dominant from the front at Newcastle back in February. If none the worse for his latest fall, he could make a bold effort to at least make the frame and therefore goes onto the shortlist in the opener.

SERJEANT PAINTER couldn’t have won any easier on his second start over fences over this course-and-distance last time. That form has yet to be tested but given how well he travelled and quickened up in good style to win by eight plus lengths, he should prove hard to beat. Even if a seven pounds penalty does halt him, Ben Pauling’s charge should hit the frame.

13:30 Southwell

Leg 2 Selections: ZOFFALEE

In leg two, which is a tricky event, ZOFFALEE looks the safest option, who’s placed on his last two visits here and his latest performance can be upgraded, as he was hampered by the loose horse twice but wasn’t beaten far behind his only other rival. The seven-year-old is getting the hang of things of late in the UK and his second here last month reads fair form as the winner has ran well twice since.

The handicapper has left him on the exact same mark as last week, which is ideal, and there’s likely to be no interference this time round, so he should get an uncontested sight of his fences. He’s open to further improvement on just his sixth start for this yard and, with his course form to draw upon, another good run looks assured with Jack Hogan in the saddle, who claims his beneficial seven pounds.

14:00 Southwell

Leg 3 Selections: HELL RED

HELL RED had to fight hard to see off his two rivals when last spotted but he’s two-from-two in this sphere and he’s likely to get a soft lead being the only pace angle. The drop back in distance shouldn’t be an issue and he is the only runner in the field with chase experience as his three rivals are all making their chase debut. He’s been foot-perfect in the jumping department and Lorcan Williams, who rode him to victory on chase debut, is back in the saddle here.

And The New might emerge as the main danger to the former, given he’s rated six pounds higher and was probably the best of these over hurdles, but whether he can give weight to unbeaten chaser Hell Red remains to be seen as this is a tough starting point off top-weight. He could go well for a stable who boast an excellent record in this sphere though, but I’ll stick with Paul Nicholls’ charge to put his experience to good use and remain unbeaten with more to come.

14:30 Southwell

Leg 4 Selections: GLAJOU

Onto leg four, which could see the Lorcan Williams and Paul Nicholls combination gain another win on the card in the shape of GLAJOU, who should have little trouble seeing off this field. He is looking for his first success in this sphere, but is clear of these at the weights and did win a chase event over course-and-distance back in 2020.

He travelled well for a long way on his return to this sphere two weeks ago, when fourth, and this is the easiest opportunity he’s been granted for quite some time to regain the winning thread. He’s taken to get his head in front. Makthecat can chase him home, dropped in grade.

15:00 Southwell

Leg 5 Selections: MADEEH, ARIJ

The Phil Kirby-trained MADEEH won four times on the Flat last year and ran a tidy race back in that sphere last time when fourth. He took a step forward from his first two hurdle starts when runner-up last month and makes his handicap debut off what looks a fairly lenient mark. He should go well with a lot more to come.

ARIJ has been far too keen in all his hurdle starts to date but he was decent on the Flat, in which he achieved a mark of 94 last year. He’s still got time on his side and is another to have been let in here lightly on handicap debut if able to translate his Flat form to this discipline. He may well outrun his odds and is likely to carry less units than most, so is next best.

15:30 Southwell

Leg 6 Selections: DO YA FEEL LUCKY

In leg six, I want to side with the in-form David Pipe team, who runs DO YA FEEL LUCKY. She gained a second hurdles success when cashing in on her career-low mark on the back of a breathing operation to win with loads in hand at Worcester just eight days ago and likely to prove hard to beat under a penalty here.

She will thrive under these conditions and her only other danger appears to be Brianna Rose on figures. However, the former looked on good terms with herself the day and can supplement that victory with success here returning to this longer distance under Tom Scudamore.