1.45: A race in which Paddy's Return and DEANO'S BEENO aim to strengthen their Stayers' Hurdle credentials. Recent form favours Martin Pipe's front- runner, who has had five weeks to recover from his exertions in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, when he narrowly failed to hold off Princeful. Ferdy Murphy will hope that the poor showing of Paddy's Return in the same race can be reversed by the re-application of blinkers.
2.15: Random Harvest looks the type to shine over Haydock's big fences, with two fluent victories at Wetherby on his recent record, but Mary Reveley has expressed doubts about his ability to handle heavy ground. No such doubts exist about GENERAL WOLFE, who looked leniently handicapped when taking this race last year and is sure to have been well prepared by his new trainer.
2.45: Bellator has failed to reproduce his form of last season, when still in the hunt when falling at the final flight in the Champion Hurdle. A recent change of stables may have galvanised him and he is worth watching today. Martin Pipe sends three of his Champion contenders, the best of which is likely to be the impressive Newbury winner WAHIBA SANDS.
2.05: The Uttoxeter soft-ground winner PEALINGS can reverse course-and- distance form with World Express. He gets a 5lb pull, which could count for double in today's testing conditions. The surprise package in the race may be Romancer.
2.35: Get Real is unproven on the ground and is worth opposing at these odds. The value is with FLYING INSTRUCTOR, who demonstrated his effectiveness on heavy ground when touched off at Aintree. A greater test of stamina today can help him reverse Wetherby placings with Cumbrian Challenge.
3.10: Davoski and Young Spartacus are in-form novices taking on TIUTCHEV, who was the easiest handicap winner of the season at Cheltenham. A faller here afterwards, he meets the winner then, Serenus, on 7lb better terms.
3.40: THE LAND AGENT ran well on this card 12 months ago and is going to take plenty of beating after his Wincanton success.Reuse content