1.25: Just a reminder that the meeting is subject to an eight o'clock inspection, hoping that Newbury follows in the footsteps of Warwick and Plumpton to beat the freeze in recent days. Upwards and onward in positive mode by suggesting that CONNETABKLE and FIXE LE KAP should take care of the rest of the field, with JINSHA LAKE chasing them home at a respectable distance.
Favourite factor: Seven of the last nine favourites have won, albeit the first two market leaders finished out with the washing.
Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 6/4 favourite duly obliged.
Favourite factor: Eight of the 12 market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions, statistics which include three successful market leaders.
Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 9/4 favourite snared a bronze medal alongside a toteplacepot position.
4.20: We have to take a lot of trust in Nicky Henderson regarding his Stowaway gelding STOWAWAY MAGIC. The fact the Nicky sends his newcomer to contest this race at his local course is good enough for yours truly to suggest that Nico's mount to supplement his Irish success between the flags. MR FENTON and SHREWD TACTICS are feared most.
Favourite factor: The 6/5 favourite in the inaugural toteplacepot finale last year missed out on a Placepot position when finishing third in a six runner contest.