13:15 Southwell

FORWARD PLAN wasn't disgraced when placing second on his chase debut over an extended 2m3f at Fontwell last month and has leading claims returned to a winning distance of 3m2f. Get Prepared should have more to offer in this sphere after an encouraging chase bow to finish third at Wetherby on Boxing Day and isn't taken lightly off the same mark, with Dragonfruit expected to prove more competitive over this stiffer test.
Prediction : 1st Forward Plan 2nd Get Prepared 3rd Dragonfruit

13:50 Southwell

MONTE IGUELDO hasn't looked back since going chasing with two facile successes of late, and a 10lb rise may not prevent the six-year-old from remaining unbeaten in this sphere. Calico shaped better than the bare form when weakening into fourth over 2m4f at Leicester last month and he shouldn't be underestimated on this return to 2m. Heartbreak Kid may fare best of the remainder.
Prediction : 1st Monte Igueldo 2nd Calico 3rd Heartbreak Kid

14:25 Southwell

Cawthorne Banker sets the standard of those who have raced in bumpers and he should be on the premises once more. SMILING GETAWAY, however, appeals as the type who could turn out to be useful on her Rules debut after a 10-length romp in her sole point-to-point. Any market support would be worth noting. Doc Mccoy and Norman Fletcher are entitled to improve for their respective debuts at Bangor and Ffos Las and can't be ruled out.
Prediction : 1st Smiling Getaway 2nd Cawthorne Banker 3rd Doc Mccoy

15:00 Southwell

STRONG LEADER has won both of his previous starts over hurdles in impressive fashion and Olly Murphy's six-year-old merits the utmost respect, despite having to carry a double penalty. Father Of Jazz, who was high-class on the Flat, disappointed at Kempton last time but has had a wind operation subsequently and he should not be discounted. Ballabawn edges out Mammies Boy to be best of the rest.
Prediction : 1st Strong Leader 2nd Father Of Jazz 3rd Ballabawn

15:35 Southwell

RICHHILL displayed plenty of promise when finishing third on his Rules debut at Chepstow in October and that form has worked out very well. Dan Skelton's gelding has had a wind operation since that appearance and it would be no surprise to see him get off the mark. A Definite Getaway put in a career best when last seen at Huntingdon and is likely to be in the mix, while similar comments apply to Roccovango.
Prediction : 1st Richhill 2nd A Definite Getaway 3rd Roccovango

16:10 Southwell

SHALLOW RIVER may have bumped into a very well-handicapped rival when finishing second his handicap debut at Wincanton last time and he is hard to oppose off a 4lb higher mark. Fountains Chief's winning run came to an end on his most recent outing but he may have needed the run on that occasion and could bounce back. Clonakilty and Clay Rogers are others to note.
Prediction : 1st Shallow River 2nd Fountains Chief 3rd Clonakilty