17:40 Southwell

Scrum Diddly has performed with credit on each of his starts over the larger obstacles and he looks a serious contender now eased in class, but a chance is taken on CEDAR ROW. The son of Westerner was a mixed bag over timber, but chasing should be more his game and this is not the deepest of contests in which to score. Fellow chasing debutant Broomfields Cave, a two-time winner in the point-to-point scene, is also noted.
Prediction : 1st Cedar Row 2nd Scrum Diddly 3rd Broomfields Cave

18:10 Southwell

IN THIS WORLD bumped into a progressive rival at Warwick on his first start over fences earlier this month and natural improvement can see Dan Skelton's charge make amends to go one better. Lipa K made no mistake on his fencing bow at Bangor last month and he is a leading candidate from 6lb higher. Glencassley may benefit from the addition of first-time cheekpieces.
Prediction : 1st In This World 2nd Lipa K 3rd Glencassley

18:40 Southwell

It's not often that Sir Mark Prescott has a runner in this sphere, but he has enjoyed success when doing so in the last five years (4-10) and PATCH MAN is taken to enhance that record further. The son of Walk In The Park, a three-parts brother of the smart dual-purpose performer Sir Erec, makes plenty of appeal on paper and would not need to be anything out of the ordinary himself to land this. Masterkey shaped with promise on his racecourse bow, finishing third at Sedgefield 12 days ago, and that effort sets the form standard. Guchen is another to consider.
Prediction : 1st Patch Man 2nd Masterkey 3rd Guchen

19:10 Southwell

SHE'S MY SHADOW made a pleasing start to life under Rules when finishing second behind a subsequent Listed winner over this trip on her penultimate start at Chepstow. After hitting the crossbar over an extended 2m3f at the same venue most recently, she gets the tentative vote to go one place better in what looks a competitive affair. Point-to-point winner Kate Of The Lodge is of major interest on her debut in this sphere, while Parkin Fine posted some solid efforts in defeat last winter and she cannot be discounted for her top connections.
Prediction : 1st Shes My Shadow 2nd Kate Of The Lodge 3rd Parkin Fine

19:40 Southwell

HARD AS NAILS looks to set the standard in this contest and she is hard to oppose on current form. Fergal O'Brien's charge finished runner-up in a similar contest at Stratford last month, and this two-time bumper winner can earn herself a breakthrough win over timber. Trudie Glen ran with plenty of credit on her bumper debut last spring prior to disappointing when last of four at Catterick in November, but better can be expected on her hurdling bow. Annie Don was too keen for her own good on her Rules debut recently and she can't be overlooked lightly provided she settles better.
Prediction : 1st Hard As Nails 2nd Trudie Glen 3rd Annie Don

20:10 Southwell

The combination of an 81-day break and quicker ground conditions saw Jaxonne romping home at Ludlow recently. Although a 7lb penalty is unlikely to prevent another bold bid from the five-year-old, last week's unpunished C&D winner KNACKER TRAPPER may prove too strong. Andrew Crook's gelding came home in splendid isolation in a conditional jockeys' event and the quick turnaround looks a good move before his revised mark kicks in. The Dark Edge should have more to come in handicap company and completes the shortlist.
Prediction : 1st Knacker Trapper 2nd Jaxonne 3rd The Dark Edge

20:40 Southwell

CALL ME ARTHUR returned to form with a never-nearer second over 2m4f at Ffos Las last month and this step up in trip over an extended 3m looks ideal. Tom Lacey's charge should relish this emphasis on stamina and is taken to make light work of a 3lb rise. Karakoram is also likely to prove popular now 3lb lower than his staying-on third at Ludlow recently. The nine-year-old is feared most, ahead of Lepashe, who continues to creep down the handicap.
Prediction : 1st Call Me Arthur 2nd Karakoram 3rd Lepashe