12:25 Lingfield

Zonisty is likely to prove popular after bolting up here last month, but he does have more on his plate now shouldering a 7lb penalty. JACK HYDE made a pleasing start to his career under Rules when sixth in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham and if he can build on that, he can get off the mark. Ledders also shaped with plenty of promise on his first appearance at Ascot and can't be ruled out, with improvement anticipated.
Prediction : 1st Jack Hyde 2nd Zonisty 3rd Ledders

12:55 Lingfield

BONTTAY found only the exciting Queens Gamble too good in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham and is unlikely to face anything of that calibre on this first appearance over obstacles. Magical Maggie should put her experience to good use after winning a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter and is an obvious threat. Manimole was an eyecatching third on her introduction at Ffos Las and is one to note, along with Bombay Sapphire, who should have more to offer in this sphere.
Prediction : 1st Bonttay 2nd Magical Maggie 3rd Manimole

13:25 Lingfield

With solid form thin on the ground, a chance is taken on URABAMBA on this first appearance over fences. Kayley Woollacott's charge is likely to strip fitter for his seasonal debut at Hereford and he lurks on a dangerous mark if this new discipline can help him take a step forward. Instant De Bonheur drops almost a mile in trip and could put her stamina to good use. Magnificent Ben and Megalodon are others to consider.
Prediction : 1st Urabamba 2nd Instant De Bonheur 3rd Magnificent Ben

13:55 Lingfield

Light Em Up Nigel has filled the runner-up spot on each of his last four outings and has to merit plenty of respect on his handicap bow, despite having to shoulder top weight. However, FLAT WHITE returns to the NH game following a profitable stint on the Flat and, on that evidence, looks nicely treated in this sphere. Lock Out finished a distant fourth at Kempton but landed the odds at Newbury before that and remains open to improvement.
Prediction : 1st Flat White 2nd Light Em Up Nigel 3rd Lock Out

14:25 Lingfield

ACHILLE drops in trip following a disappointing seasonal debut at Haydock and is likely to come on from that off a 3lb lower mark. He isn't the force of old but was going well in the Midlands National when one of his rider's stirrups snapped, so Venetia Williams' 12-year-old should still be up to a race of this nature. Stamp Your Feet produced a series of consistent efforts in point-to-points and hunter chases earlier in the year and is feared on his stable debut. West Approach is another to consider.
Prediction : 1st Achille 2nd Stamp Your Feet 3rd West Approach

14:55 Lingfield

MARK OF GOLD was always going to find things tough in the Greatwood at Cheltenham last time out and is likely to be much more competitive at this level. The Gary Moore-trained gelding is marginally preferred over Breaking Waves, who still looks well treated despite being nudged up 2lb after finishing second at Ffos Las. Give Me A Cuddle is also considered as he's still got scope, but it's possible he'll better suited by a longer trip.
Prediction : 1st Mark Of Gold 2nd Breaking Waves 3rd Give Me A Cuddle

15:25 Lingfield

ECHO WATT had yet to really be popped a question when he unseated his rider over C&D last month and is worth forgiving that rare blip. He's usually solid at his fences and with ground conditions in his favour, he is taken to quickly make amends. William Philo can be expected to be wiser after his debut over fences at Exeter and is also considered along with Waikiki Waves, who goes well here and is dangerous to underestimate.
Prediction : 1st Echo Watt 2nd William Philo 3rd Waikiki Waves