12:53 Bangor

The Donald McCain trained BARRICHELLO (best priced at 2/1) is incredibly consistent and the form of his chasing debut has been boosted since. The six-year-old has form figures of 33222221141173 in his career including a victory over Good Risk At All last season off a mark of 130 when he was giving the now 143 rated gelding 6lbs.

Barrichello finished 3rd on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter a month ago despite making a mistake at the first fence. The form of that run has been boosted by both the winner Thunder Rock winning his next start (now rated 15lbs higher) and the runner-up Brief Times winning by 27 lengths on his next start (now rated 5lbs higher. The handicapper has only raised Barrichello 1lb for that run which seems generous and I expect him to get off the mark over fences at the second attempt.

Barrichello - 1pt

13:35 Newcastle

Despite there only being five runners in this novices’ handicap chase, it looks a competitive affair but preference goes to the James Ewart trained LORD ROCO (best priced at 2/1). The six-year-old has a consistent profile and won his only start at Newcastle last season when victorious in a maiden hurdle by 4 ½ lengths when fitted with first time cheekpieces.

Lord Roco finished 2nd on his chasing debut at Ayr earlier this month when only beaten 1 ½ lengths and he gets to run here off the same mark in this race. He faces Malinello who races in a first time tongue tie after a wind operation and Son Of The Somme who is fitted with first time cheekpieces but I expect Lord Roco to win at the second attempt over fences.

Lord Roco - 1pt

15:05 Newbury

The Coral Gold Cup looks a below-par renewal this year and I like two towards the top of the weights. The first is the Joe Tizzard trained FIDDLERONTHEROOF (best priced at 10/1) who finished a close 2nd in this race last season off a 5lb lower mark. The eight-year-old went on to finish at Ascot in the Swinley Chase off this mark of 155 before finishing 5th in the Grand National. He has had a prep run over hurdles at Kempton when finishing 3rd over a trip too short and he is now fitted with first-time cheekpieces for this race.

The second selection is the Joseph O’Brien trained Busselton (best priced at 17/2) who despite being five-years-old (an age no horse has won this race at) has a lot of chasing experience having completed all 12 starts over fences. He has been in good form over the summer with form figures of 3121 including a win in the Kerry National on his first start over 3 miles. He races off a 7lbs higher mark here but he should hold strong claims with five places on offer on good ground.

Fiddlerontheroof - 0.5pts e/w
Busselton - 0.5pts e/w