14:19 Ayr

BLACK FRIDAY (best price 7/1) ran a decent race when tenth of 24 in the Bronze Cup here last time despite not being able to dominate and this three-time C&D winner is now five-pounds below his last winning mark. If the refitted cheekpieces have a positive effect, which I think they will, he should go close. I will be surprised if he doesn’t make the frame at the very least here with four places generally available. 

Black Friday - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1

14:26 Southwell

KINONDO KWETU (NAP) (best price 7/4) has shown a lot of qualities to see off his rivals in both his two chase wins so far and he won with quite a bit in hand when seeing off Judge Earl last time in a better race than this. Despite running in that race over a trip short of his best, he won without being asked for maximum efforts, mostly under a hands-and-heels confident ride. 

He was briefly short of room at one stage when the race started to take shape but once in the clear he cruised into the lead two out and although he idled when in front, he won in good style. He has gone up five pounds but I have been impressed with him since switching to the larger obstacles and there is every possibility he’ll complete the four-timer dropped in grade here. 

Kinondo Kwetu - 2pts

15:29 Ayr

BLOWING WIND (best price 7/1) is still winless but ran a good race when second two weeks ago and drops into this grade on the turf for the first time in his career. He made the frame multiple times last year off much higher marks in mostly class four and class three events and he’s fallen to a career-low mark despite arriving on the back of a great effort in defeat. If able to run to a similar level of form in this, he should be extremely competitive in a race lacking strength in depth with four places widely available. 

Blowing Wind - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1

15:36 Southwell

TRANSLINK (best price 10/3) 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. He remains well-handicapped off 116 and is a strong-traveller, who will get a good pace to aim at here. With more to come, he can go close to enhancing his impressive strike-rate in handicaps.  

Translink - 1pt

16:11 Southwell

HURRICANE ALI (best price 6/1) 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 pretty bad mistake at the second last hurdle. He’s down a pound here and Alan Doyle takes off seven-pounds, so he merits consideration in a race he’s capable of winning.

BANNISTER (best price 9/2) beat the former last time at Worcester, where he would have won a bit easier without a mistake at the final hurdle and did well to keep going to hold off the runner-up having lost momentum. 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. He won at a big price for us earlier in the year and hopefully he can score again here. 

Hurricane Ali - 1pt @ 6/1
Bannister - 1pt