12:15 Leicester

This can go the way of HOUI CHERIE, who was an eye-catcher on her hurdles debut at Hereford last month when staying on for a distant second from off the pace. With improvement expected here, she can overturn previous form with Kraqueline, who finished ahead of her in an Ascot bumper in February. Artemis Kimbo is another of interest on her hurdles bow, while Chosen Port is a player if putting her best foot forward.
Prediction : 1st Houi Cherie 2nd Kraqueline 3rd Artemis Kimbo

12:47 Leicester

A taking winner at Southwell last time out, APPLE ROCK should have no issues with the drop in trip here as he looks to overcome a 6lb rise. The form of the Ben Pauling stable is another plus and he may have too much for Kotmask, who performed with credit on his return at Ascot, and Sullivan's Brow, who must hold strong claims on his penultimate effort. Ballintubber Boy and Imac Wood cannot be underestimated either.
Prediction : 1st Apple Rock 2nd Kotmask 3rd Ballintubber Boy

13:17 Leicester

FAITQUE DE L'ISLE's most recent showing at Newcastle seemed too bad to be true and he is better judged on his determined victory at Ffos Las in October. If he returns to that sort of form, the seven-year-old can see off Clear On Top, who is still a maiden through 12 starts but has run some fine races in the process. On The Bandwagon is another to consider as he returns to chasing.
Prediction : 1st Faitque De LIsle 2nd Clear On Top 3rd On The Bandwagon

13:47 Leicester

The Venetia Williams yard have been ticking along nicely in recent weeks and GEORGES SAINT could provide the Herefordshire-based trainer with another winner. The six-year-old hit the woodwork at Bangor last month and a replication of that effort back in novice company might suffice. Imperial Bede was placed in a Grade 3 bumper when trained in France and must be of some interest on his hurdling bow, while Mount Tempest is another to note.
Prediction : 1st Georges Saint 2nd Imperial Bede 3rd Mount Tempest

14:17 Leicester

SOMEWHAT CLOUDY made a pleasing reappearance when finishing a good third at Carlisle in October and, eased 2lb in the weights, Donald McCain's charge looks weighted to go well. Dollar Bae doesn't look overburdened by an opening mark of 101 and she merits a place on the shortlist, along with Angels Landing, who was last seen on the level at Chester and is intriguing back over timber.
Prediction : 1st Somewhat Cloudy 2nd Dollar Bae 3rd Angels Landing

14:47 Leicester

It may pay to side with OBEY THE RULES, who has been a consistent customer this term. Although the seven-year-old failed to justify favouritism at Musselburgh last time out, the Donald McCain-trained gelding gets the nod to bounce back in these considerably calmer waters. The handicapper continues to give Rizzardo a chance and he rates the most immediate danger off 10lb below his last winning mark, while Legendary Rhythm can follow them home. Zuckerberg has strong claims on the form of his Sedgefield victory last week, but he was a disappointing favourite at Southwell on Tuesday.
Prediction : 1st Obey The Rules 2nd Rizzardo 3rd Legendary Rhythm

15:17 Leicester

COLONIAL EMPIRE has been knocking on the door of late and it would be no surprise if the five-year-old went one better than his latest outing at Uttoxeter. Following a strong battle late on, the consistent gelding eventually finished a close second and can make amends in this contest. The unexposed Ramo is expected to step up on his stable debut effort at Bangor last month, while King Of Quinta completes the shortlist.
Prediction : 1st Colonial Empire 2nd Ramo 3rd King Of Quinta