Evan Williams has been mixing and matching over fences and hurdles with him this term, but his recent chase second at Chepstow offers plenty of hope in this sphere.
On a mark of 95 now, he is still some 5lb lower than when he won at Ffos Las last January, revelling in just the type of testing ground he could well face in the west country.
Tin Pot Man clearly handles the conditions and is one to watch at present.
Shammick Boy turned in a lacklustre effort last time but should be given another chance in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Hurdle.
A 5lb hike for a Chepstow win may have been a bit harsh and while the handicapper has relented slightly, Shammick Boy will have to improve on his recent Exeter outing.
That said, he is more than capable on his day and this might be a slightly easier event.
Thomas Junior is worth another chance in the EPDS Racing Welfare BTO Series 2014 Novices’ Hurdle.
He showed up well in two bumper starts but his jumping let him down when he tackled obstacles for the first time in public at Doncaster recently.
He clearly has ability and if David Pipe has managed to sharpen up his hurdling, Thomas Junior appeals as a likely winner.
La Estrella can light up a very average afternoon at Southwell by landing a record-equalling 25th success in the Coral App Download From The App Store Selling Stakes.
Don Cantillon’s charge is obviously far from top class but there can be little arguing with his excellent race record and the skills of his handler in placing him to best effect.
The 11-year-old has struck gold 15 times at Southwell and it would be a fitting venue for him to level the score with China Castle, who notched a quarter-century of all-weather wins between 1995 and 2002.
La Estrella had to survive a stewards’ inquiry when recording a rare win at Lingfield earlier this month, edging across the track a little under pressure but eventually gaining the day by a head from While You Wait.
He had previously struck at odds of 1-25 over this course and distance but he should be a bit longer this time as technically he has a bit to find with Stand Guard at the weights.
It will be no penalty kick for La Estrella but back at his favourite venue, Cantillon’s runner can secure a landmark success.