15:00 Wolverhampton

This is a tricky small-field novice but preference is for MALAKHANA (best price 13/2), who's been progressing rapidly over hurdles and can add to her tally by making the transition to this sphere a potential winning one. This filly was useful on the Flat when trained in France and completed her hat-trick over hurdles when taking a Grade Three impressively at Cheltenham last time. Suspicious was impressive on debut and Zenga should have more to offer, but the former is on a roll at present and her trainer Ian Williams clearly feels as though she can continue her upward curve on the Flat, so she gets the vote on her all-weather debut to possibly make it four wins in a row under Ben Sanderson, who takes off three pounds to assist matters. 
Malakhana - 0.5pts @ 13/2

15:45 Pontefract

The veteran of the party but equally class SIR DANCEALOT (best price 9/1) looks an appealing each-way choice here. He was formerly a high-class Group performer in his youth and it’s interesting to see he’s been kept in training at the age of eight, which indicates he’s been showing all the right signs at home of late. This four-time Group Two winner didn’t show much on his return from a two year absence when seventh at Newcastle on the all-weather last time but should strip much fitter for that reappearance back on the turf this time round. He has been granted a favourable draw in stall two and is down to a mark of 103, which is lenient for a horse who was once rated 117 in his prime. All of his best form has come on good, good to firm ground, so despite his weight, if he’s anywhere near the horse he was two years ago, he will be too good for this field. I think he represents great value with all things considered. 
Sir Dancealot - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1

16:15 Pontefract

Michael Dods’ FLEETWOOD PIER (best price 22/1) shaped a lot better then the beaten margin indicated at York last time as he finished his race very strongly having been set with far too much to do. He drops in grade off the same mark here and has room for manoeuvre off his current mark with Paul Mulrennan in the saddle for the first time which is good news. He’s had just the six career starts and has finished second in three of those (did win one but was demoted) and the form of his previous seconds at Nottingham and Redcar makes him look reasonably well-treated in a race of this nature. The step up to a mile is a positive move by connections and despite being drawn widest of all, this four-year-old should be finishing his race to good effect, which might be enough for him to hit the frame off top-weight. 
Fleetwood Pier - 0.5pts e/w @ 22/1

19:20 Ffos Las

This is a competitive race but FOX CHAMPION (best price 10/1) is worth a chance at the odds for the Ralph Beckett team. He was down the field on his return at Chelmsford but that was his first start in nine months and he’s very well-handicapped at present and was rated as high as 110 a few years ago. He placed three times last year off a mark of 95 in similar events and is down to a mark of 90 here. He’s the only runner in the field who has been competitive off marks in the high 90’s in his career so while others arrive in better form, he could go well with conditions and this distance in his favour. Rob Hornby takes the ride.
Fox Champion - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1