1.15 - Coral 'Fail-To-Finish' Free Bets Handicap Chase (2m4½f)
Dan and Harry Skelton will be hoping Flegmatik can kick-start their afternoon and he's one of three last-time-out winners set to line up in this opening contest.
Flegmatik has got back on track in two runs this season since undergoing a wind operation. He won here earlier in the month, though that was over three-miles. He's been put up 7lb for that, carries top weight today and must repeat the feat coming down in trip.
Nicky Henderson's Patroclus remains something of an enigma, with recent figures of 211P-P1 on his CV. Mistakes cost him at Newbury in December's chasing bow but he was a game winner at Leicester (2m4f, good) at the start of this month and a 3lb rise looks fair.
Fontwell winner La Cameleon completes the trio of recent winners, though Nick Williams' runner hasn't always been noted for consistency and finds himself in a stronger race now.
ONE TRUE KING was a winner over shorter at Sandown in December for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies on third chase start. He's faced two stern tests since at Ascot and Lingfield either side of Christmas and is on a decent mark for this class-drop. He will have no issue up in distance and could get his second success of the season.
Selection: One True King
Next Best: Patroclus
1.50 - Coral Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m)
Between them Alan King (3), Paul Nicholls (2) and Nicky Henderson (1) have bossed the last six renewals of the Adonis Hurdle and, stretching back to 2004, that trio of trainers has amassed 15 wins in this Grade 2 event.
They are represented now by Impulsive One (Henderson), Big Boy Bobby (King), Pleasant Man and Rubaud (both Nicholls).
Pleasant Man is a son of Galileo and was smart on the Flat, winning three times, before joining Nicholls. He's the choice of Harry Cobden over Rubaud, whose Flat form in France isn't quite as strong. The Ditcheat trainer has landed this with a newcomer before and both his runners are to be noted despite the well documented struggles of his horses lately.
Big Boy Bobby was useful on the level and has finished second in maiden/novice hurdles at Hereford and Huntingdon so far. Even allowing for his trainer's three wins in six years in this race, he's got a chunk of improvement to find.
Impulsive One has three hurdles wins already this season, including a Listed score at Musselburgh three weeks ago. He is going the right way but has twice seen the rear of KNIGHT SALUTE already this term.
Milton Harris' son of Sir Percy has won all four starts over hurdles, most recently the Grade 2 Summit at Doncaster in December, a race in which Impulsive One was third.
Splitting them was Porticello, Gary Moore's charge unbeaten in two since having won the Grade 1 Finale at Chepstow over Christmas and last weekend's Victor Ludorum at Haydock by wide margins.
Though he joins Impulsive One in carrying a penalty here, Knight Salute looks the strongest candidate on paper. He stalked the leaders in that Town Moor race at Christmas and, whilst not the biggest physically and with room to work on his hurdling, he's very speedy and should be nicely suited to this flat track again. He can outsprint them late on.
Selection: Knight Salute
Next Best: Impulsive One
2.25 - Coral Pendil Novices' Chase (Grade 2, 2m4½f)
Pic D'orhy was put in his place this month in the Scilly Isles at Sandown when a long way third behind impressive L'homme Presse. He'll find this a good deal less challenging in theory but the stable form of Paul Nicholls continues to be a worry. There were some disappointing efforts last weekend from leading chances and caution is still advised.
MINELLA DRAMA looks the one to be on. He's won two and finished second in another in four chasing starts this season, his only setback coming in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown in December, a race won by Arkle-favourite Edwardstone.
A smart novice hurdler last season, placed at Grade 1 level, he was given a short break after that run but won a Haydock Grade 2 (2m4f, soft) in stylish fashion five weeks ago and looks to have more to offer.
Millers Bank looked held behind Pic D'orhy at Newbury in November when the latter fell, and even then Alex Hales' charge passed on the opportunity by unseating Harry Bannister. They met the same fate at Cheltenham on New Year's Day in the Dipper and will need to jump better having undergone a wind op since.
The mare Fantastic Lady has won a couple of minor novices' handicaps at Warwick and Bangor in recent weeks for Nicky Henderson. She's clearly improving and has scope for better after only three chase starts but this is a much tougher assignment. Goa Lil has it all to prove on form and, given questions about all of his rivals, Minella Drama is a confident pick.
Selection: Minella Drama
Next Best: Millers Bank
3.00 - Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m)
The Moores continue to sparkle of late and SHALLWEHAVEONEMORE looks a rock-solid contender for them here. He was runner-up in a decent novice at Ascot in the autumn before finding the Grade 1 Tolworth too hot at Sandown in January as Constitution Hill blitzed the field.
Back at the Esher venue this month, Shallwehaveonemore was a 20-length winner of a novice contest and he could be tough to handle now.
Iceo made a striking first impression when scoring over this C&D (soft) at Christmas after arriving to Ditcheat from France. He was well-touted for a Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham last month but cried enough on the home bend and was only fourth of eight. He might prefer softer ground, though will likely also be better suited back at this track. Again, concerns exist over the stable form.
Aucunrisque is 2-3 over hurdles and making progress all the time for Chris Gordon, though a line through Grandeur D'ame (third behind him at Plumpton in January) suggests he'll do well to hold the market leader today.
Moriko De Vassy was a rallying scorer at Doncaster last month, putting a previous fall at Huntingdon behind him, while Russian Ruler was some 7½-lengths down in third in that contest on his hurdling bow and could improve for Nicky Henderson here. They both require more in this race.
Next Best: Aucunrisque
3.37 - Coral Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3, 3m)
Annsam was a convincing winner over this trip at Ascot in December on his return to chasing and has scope for further improvement in this sphere. The runner-up Phoenix Way re-opposes today and was one of four next-time-out winners to emerge from that December contest and so, raised 6lb, Evan Williams' charge is a key player here again.
Top-weight Good Boy Bobby made it 2-3 on the season when scoring at Wetherby on Boxing Day and only a head-bob has stopped him winning all three. He's not fully exposed at this trip.
OUR POWER has also won two from three lately, falling at the first up at Doncaster in between. Sam Thomas' 7YO gave lots of weight and a beating to Dorking Lad at Huntingdon in January, the runner-up a convincing winner of both starts since. He takes a rise in class/trip now and could well have more to come, ensuring he looks a decent each-way shout.
Five Star Getaway was a C&D winner over Christmas on soft going and has since run well at Sandown, finishing third, off this mark. Another good showing from him around here is likely.
Selection: Our Power
Next Best: Five Star Getaway
4.10 - Play Coral 'Racing-Super-Series' For Free Handicap Hurdle (2m5f)
Though he's got figures beside his name reading FFU this season, SOLWARA ONE is no forlorn hope. Chasing didn't work out for him but he was still moving nicely a week ago at Wincanton back over hurdles when he unseated his rider Harry Reed.
Trainer Neil Mulholland has enlisted Sam Twiston-Davies for this assignment and there are definitely prizes to be had with this 8YO off his current mark if he can keep it together at the obstacles.
Excellent form claims are held by Herbiers, Haafapiece and Flashing Glance - all winners last time out - while bottom-weight Storm Dennis isn't discounted.
Navajo Pass often likes to front run and while well held under such tactics in three runs this season, Donald McCain's charge is taking a marked class-drop here and has almost certainly slipped to an attractive mark if he puts on a performance.
Selection: Solwara One
Next Best: Navajo Pass
4.45 - Coral Committed To Safer Gambling Open NH Flat Race (2m)
Dondiam was third at Newcastle on debut for Oliver Greenall in November, learning as he went, and could do better now. Itso Fury has placed in bumpers at Fairyhouse (April) and Southwell (January) either side of joining Jonjo O'Neill. That effort last month has been advertised since and there's likely a challenge forthcoming again.
Realta Royale won a Taunton bumper last month under this rider for trainer Toby Lawes and the filly may go well again. Stablemate ONEWAYORTOTHER could be some value at the forecast prices with Tom Cannon aboard. The yard does exceptionally well with their bumper horses and it's uncommon to see them taking each other on.
Next Best: Realta Royale