PHIL KIRBY should pay to follow on the ‘bumpers' all-weather card at Newcastle, with BUSHYPARK (3.40) looking very difficult to beat.
The five-year-old has won his last four races over hurdles, most recently at Doncaster, and Joe Williamson claims his full 7lb allowance.
Stable companion RAYNA'S WORLD (1.40) ran into an improving type in Michael Scudamore's Nada To Prada in a Listed Mares' Novice Hurdle at muddy Haydock but had earlier strolled home by 13 lengths in a Hexham maiden. Moon King won by an even wider margin at Musselburgh before Christmas and was a six-time winner on the level for previous trainer Ralph Beckett.
OKAVANGO DELTA (1.10) is interesting for Rose Dobbin after running third here to Irish raider Mount Stewart. Runner-up Tommy's Oscar has won twice since to give the form a solid look. Schalke, representing Rebecca Menzies, chased home Alan King's Nina The Terrier at Doncaster.
At Southwell, PROFESSOR GALANT (7.15) can put her Fibresand experience to full use in the 5f dash. Gay Kelleway's top weight hunted up Charlie Fellowes here in a Novice Auction Stakes in November and third home A Pint Of Bear has since boosted the form. Keith Dalgleish's Gaelic Secret shaped okay when third at Newcastle over six furlongs in mid-December and may improve for the drop in trip. Iain Jardine's The Gloaming was sent off 100-1 when third at Wolverhampton and remains unexposed.