13:51 Southwell

Leg 1 Selections: Chess Player, Follow Your Fire 

CHESS PLAYER improved to get off the mark over fences at Worcester in July and while he didn’t jump with the same sort of fluency when third next time, he’s worth another chance. I wouldn’t rule out the well-treated FOLLOW YOUR FIRE though, who could bounce back to form in the visor off his reduced mark with a top jockey booked to ride. 

14:26 Southwell

Leg 2 Selections: Kinondo Kwetu

KINONDO KWETU has shown a lot of battling qualities to see off his rivals in his two chase wins so far and while there isn’t much to separate him and Judge Earl, he’s going the right way and the return to this longer trip will suit. He has gone up five pounds but I have been impressed with him since switched to the larger obstacles and there is every possibility he’ll complete the four-timer dropped in grade. 

15:01 Southwell

Leg 3 Selections: Dindin

The David Pipe-trained DINDIN bounced back from some below par efforts when absolutely bolting up at Warwick last week, where he travelled well and readily drew clear of the in-form Sergeant Painter to win by thirteen lengths. He escapes a penalty for that success, so if he can turn up in the same form here, there’s no reason why he can’t complete the double. He is the one to beat. 

15:36 Southwell

Leg 4 Selections: Translink

TRANSLINK never went a yard on seasonal/chase debut but otherwise he’s been really progressive over hurdles and made it three wins from just eights starts in this sphere at Worcester last time. He did well to get the job done that day given his rider became unbalanced when the saddle slipped and a four-pounds rise looks manageable, as he would have won easier than the official neck margin last time. His trainer is in fine form and this seven-year-old has actually won three of his last four starts in this sphere and should be arriving here four wins in a row over hurdles, as he was beaten just a nose by the 119-rated Getalead the other time. With more to come, he can go close to enhancing his impressive strike-rate in handicaps. 

16:11 Southwell

Leg 5 Selections: Hurricane Ali, Bannister 

HURRICANE ALI is genuinely consistent and having beaten a subsequent winner at Aintree back in June in a higher graded event, he’s held his form well since and would have finished closer at Worcester last time without a mistake at the second last hurdle. He’s down a pound and Alan Doyle takes off seven-pounds, so he merits consideration here. BANNISTER beat the former last time at Worcester, where he would have won a bit easier without a mistake at the final hurdle. He’s gone up two pounds but now that he’s putting it all together over hurdles having won two of his last three starts (unlucky not to have been three wins), he’s a big player for the Johnny Burke and Tom George team. 

16:46 Southwell

Leg 6 Selections: Festive Glory 

Red Happy is likely to take some beating here back over hurdles but FESTIVE GLORY took the step up in trip in his stride when scoring at Worcester last time despite jumping pretty rubbish most of the way round. He’s likely to improve in the jumping department, so he should take his form up another level, and it’s hard to see him out of the frame here.