ECHO (5.07) landed the two-mile handicap on the Redcar Easter card two years ago when encountering quick ground, so underfoot conditions should be ideal once again.
Probable favourite Travel Lightly has been in rampant form for Rebecca Menzies but was two places behind Echo when they clashed at Newcastle in January. Echo is now 11lb better off, so is unquestionably well treated if Jedd O'Keeffe has him ready to go off a break.
Clearly, in-form Mark Johnston's horses are well worth a second look and CUBAN DANCER (1.55) has each-way claims in the 7f handicap at Wolverhampton. The gelding chased home Stylish Performer over course and distance last Monday and makes his handicap debut under 5lb claimer Andrew Breslin.
ASDAA (2.30) has been pegged by the handicapper on a mark of 78 so it makes sense to claim 5lb off his back in the 1m 1f apprentices' handicap. Johnston's rookie rider Jonny Peate was seen to good effect on Gobi Sunset (runs 4.10) at Newcastle last week and Asdaa is an uncomplicated ride. The gelding finished third over course and distance 16 days ago and holds fifth-placed Bronze River on that formline.
STARCZEWSKI (4.35) recorded a course and distance success in February and should go close in the two-mile Queen's Prize at Kempton. David Simcock's gelding came out to beat Margaret Dumont next time at Wolverhampton and the runner-up was a gutsy winner at Chelmsford City three days ago. Roger Varian's Postileo, a Salisbury scorer in August, is open to improvement this season and must rate a threat on his first try on an artificial surface. Four-time course and distance winner Vibrance was given a moderate ride in a tactical race here last month and is another to consider.
12:35 Newbury - Race: 2
12:40 Wincanton - Race: 4
12:45 Dundalk - Race: 2