12:50 Newcastle

PADDY ELVIS was sent off favourite on his racecourse bow at Aintree in November when producing a disappointing effort. That said, he may be potentially worth another chance in a contest lacking much depth on paper. Jack Hyde was third at Lingfield when last seen and is likely to enter the reckoning, while others for the shortlist include Slugger and Nortonthorpebanker.
Prediction : 1st Paddy Elvis 2nd Jack Hyde 3rd Slugger

13:25 Newcastle

TURNAWAY benefited from the step up to 3m when getting off the mark at Taunton in December and, despite the drop back a couple of furlongs, the six-year-old is capable of taking another step forward. Atomic Angel bounced back to form when returning to the smaller obstacles at Catterick last month and warrants consideration, along with Red Missile, a winner of his latest effort at Musselburgh.
Prediction : 1st Turnaway 2nd Atomic Angel 3rd Red Missile

14:00 Newcastle

It would be a surprise if COLONEL HARRY were unable to get his head back in front. A winner on his second start over hurdles at Sandown in November, he built on that when returning to the same venue and finishing fourth in the Tolworth earlier this month. The six-year-old wouldn't need to replicate that performance to prove too strong for these rivals. Dare To Shout cost 50,000 pounds at the Cheltenham sale following a point-to-point win in November and is respected, while High Roller's third at Ayr would give him a chance of being in the mix.
Prediction : 1st Colonel Harry 2nd Dare To Shout 3rd High Roller

14:35 Newcastle

FRENCH PARADOXE was going easily, and six lengths in front, when coming to grief at the final fence at Ffos Las on his most recent outing over 3m last month and a 7lb raised mark may not be enough to stop him bouncing back to winning form. The veteran in the field, 11-year-old Fortified Bay, has to be respected with the nature of his last-start success in mind, while Castle Rushen is another to note.
Prediction : 1st French Paradoxe 2nd Fortified Bay 3rd Castle Rushen

15:10 Newcastle

This could go the way of the grade-dropping PASSING WELL, who arrives following a remote fourth in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury over an extended 2m4f last month. He has to shoulder a penalty for his penultimate success at Uttoxeter, but that may not be enough to stop him and he is worth taking a chance on. Fame And Concrete has filled the runner-up spot on his last two outings and is feared most, ahead of the unexposed Paddock Cottage.
Prediction : 1st Passing Well 2nd Fame And Concrete 3rd Paddock Cottage

15:45 Newcastle

Chemical Warfare is entitled to be sharper for his most recent outing over an extended 2m at Newcastle last month and can improve, but COOLMOYNE has had wind surgery following a distant second on his most recent outing at Ayr earlier this month and shades the vote given he retains the mark from that run. Don't Talk makes his chasing bow following a creditable third over timber at Fairyhouse last time and adds further spice to the race.
Prediction : 1st Coolmoyne 2nd Chemical Warfare 3rd Dont Talk

16:20 Newcastle

The hat-trick seeking Dollar Bae was a game winner on her most recent outing over 2m at Southwell and merits the utmost respect stepping up in trip for this outing, despite a 4lb raised mark for her latest success. However, AUTUMN RETURN won readily at Catterick over an extended 1m7f last month and is fancied to follow up off 3lb higher. Last-time-out Sedgefield winner Ravenscar is another to consider.
Prediction : 1st Autumn Return 2nd Dollar Bae 3rd Ravenscar