12:50 Sedgefield

Nell's Bells merits respect having won at Wetherby a month ago, but she may struggle to give 7lb to WINDTOTHELIGHTNING following the latter's promising debut effort under Rules at Doncaster. The five-year-old should only improve for that experience and could prove hard to beat. Aubis Walk is another with valid form claims, while Our Laura B should not be discounted on her hurdles bow.
Prediction : 1st Windtothelightning 2nd Nells Bells 3rd Aubis Walk

13:25 Sedgefield

TOM CREEN has won twice over C&D this season and a 5lb rise for the most recent of those victories may not be enough to stop him here. Cash Again chased home the selection last time and may do so once again, despite being 3lb better off. Beat The Edge is another who is likely to go well, while Twoshotsoftequila completes the shortlist.
Prediction : 1st Tom Creen 2nd Cash Again 3rd Beat The Edge

14:00 Sedgefield

MATCHLESS defied a penalty to win a novice hurdle at Catterick at the beginning of the month and that form suggests that he could go well off a mark of 119 on his handicap bow over hurdles. Al Zaraqaan failed to fire at Musselburgh last time but it is far too soon to be writing him off and he could prove to be the main threat. Others to note are Fruit N Nut and Ashington.
Prediction : 1st Matchless 2nd Al Zaraqaan 3rd Fruit N Nut

14:35 Sedgefield

ARTHUR'S QUAY looked on good terms with himself when bolting up at Catterick last month, and he backed it up with a comfortable win at Musselburgh 26 days days ago. Ben Haslam's gelding now has a 6lb higher mark to contend with, but he's hard to oppose in this current vein of form. Nero Rock continues to run well in defeat and he enters calculations down in class, along with North Parade, who finished a good second at Hexham on his latest outing.
Prediction : 1st Arthurs Quay 2nd Nero Rock 3rd North Parade

15:10 Sedgefield

BASFORD (second) meets Socks Off (winner) on 3lb better terms than when they clashed here earlier this month and that factor, combined with the addition of first-time cheekpieces, could see him turn the tables on his old foe. Maggie Barrett was far from disgraced when finishing fourth over 2m1f at this venue last time out and with the return to further likely to be in her favour, she must be considered.
Prediction : 1st Basford 2nd Socks Off 3rd Maggie Barrett

15:45 Sedgefield

SKYHILL is as consistent as they come in these long-distance chases and recent wins over C&D and at Catterick give the impression that he is still improving at the age of 10. Despite a 5lb rise for his latest victory, Alison Hamilton's charge can land the hat-trick at the main expense of Onestepatatime, who got off the mark in impressive fashion over C&D off 5lb lower last time out. Kelso winner To The Limit and Well Cliche are not to be underestimated either.
Prediction : 1st Skyhill 2nd Onestepatatime 3rd To The Limit

16:20 Sedgefield

Similar to his stable, RUSSIAN VIRTUE can do little wrong at present and his most recent win on the level at Newcastle confirmed his well-being on the back of a double over hurdles. The six-year-old could still be ahead of the handicapper and he can see off Silkstone, who is aiming for a hat-trick over C&D, and the unexposed Edgar Allan Poe. Bridge Road is a key player as well based on the pick of his form.
Prediction : 1st Russian Virtue 2nd Silkstone 3rd Bridge Road