12:12 Newcastle

BLUE SHARK found significant improvement for the step up in trip when scoring at Ffos Las last month and a 4lb rise may not be enough to prevent him from following up. Lone Star holds strong form claims based on her penultimate effort at Hexham, while Coup De Gold is a player on the pick of his form. Handicap debutant Heros De Moutiers is another for the shortlist alongside Aazza.
Prediction : 1st Blue Shark 2nd Lone Star 3rd Coup De Gold

12:42 Newcastle

The form of CREBILLY's debut third in a bumper at Huntingdon in March has been franked since and this looks like a good opportunity to strike on his hurdling bow. Hashtag Lord was no match for an easy winner here last month, but the drop back in trip should suit as he looks to go one better. Winning pointer Ballabawn may have let down favourite-backers at Ayr, but more is expected now.
Prediction : 1st Crebilly 2nd Hashtag Lord 3rd Ballabawn

13:17 Newcastle

LADRONNE has been in terrific form of late and the hat-trick looks very much on the cards for the eight-year-old as he drops back in trip slightly. His form at this track is another plus, having won two from three starts, and he gets the vote ahead of the Hereford winner Bretney, who has been very consistent over the larger obstacles. Stylish Moment should be much more at home over this distance after failing to stay at Musselburgh last time out.
Prediction : 1st Ladronne 2nd Bretney 3rd Stylish Moment

13:52 Newcastle

IMPERIAL MERLIN made a bright start to life over timber when running out an easy winner at Catterick last month. The manner of that performance suggested the extra couple of furlongs on this occasion would pose no issue for the five-year-old. Supreme Gift displayed ability in bumpers last season before getting off the mark on his hurdling bow at Uttoxeter. He is entitled to progress from that effort, while Macavity appears best of the remainder following his recent third at Wetherby.
Prediction : 1st Imperial Merlin 2nd Supreme Gift 3rd Macavity

14:22 Newcastle

SINCE DAY ONE was a useful hurdler last season, winning four of his six starts over timber, and arrives here having scored on his first attempt over fences at Ayr in October. He is likely to step forward from that display and may prove a tough nut to crack once again. Miah Grace gained valuable black type at Bangor on her fencing debut and she commands plenty of respect, while Nero Rock can be expected to bounce back from an underwhelming effort at Wetherby.
Prediction : 1st Since Day One 2nd Miah Grace 3rd Nero Rock

14:52 Newcastle

Copper Fox finished a distant third when last seen at Bangor in July and could face a tough ask off top-weight today, so it is easier to side with BOLLINGERANDKRUG. Denied by a narrow margin on his most recent run at Kelso, a 2lb raised mark may not be enough to stop him having a say in proceedings down in class today. That said, Telhimlisten makes his handicap bow following a series of progressive efforts in maiden territory and is feared.
Prediction : 1st Bollingerandkrug 2nd Telhimlisten 3rd Copper Fox

15:22 Newcastle

Had To Be Hugo lost little in defeat when finishing second on his sole start in point-to-points in May and has to merit a lot of consideration on his Rules debut. However, WEE BAZ left the impression there would be more to come from him when a respectable third on his racecourse bow at Kelso last month and he shades the vote. Boy De La Vis should also not be taken lightly.
Prediction : 1st Wee Baz 2nd Had To Be Hugo 3rd Boy De La Vis