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Expect Captain Nash to earn his command

CAPTAIN Nash should help to steady the financial ship in the Newcastle Flooring Novices' Handicap Chase.

The former Irish campaigner turned in an eye-catching performance on his first start for Chris Grant in January when finishing third in a decent handicap chase at Wetherby.

Grant's new recruit grew a little weary towards the end of that three-mile-one-furlong affair, which was utterly understandable given he had been on the sidelines for 954 days. Captain Nash had winning form for Paul Nolan, and should be a great deal wiser and fitter for his initial blow-out at Wetherby.

Rhymers Ha’ should maintain Lucinda Russell's fine run of form when he lines up at Newcastle. Russell's double at Kelso on Saturday, which included victory for Tap Night in the Premier Hurdle, suggests this would be as good a time as any to support the Tayside handler. Rhymers Ha' must have a great shout in the Newcastle Falcons “National Hunt” Novices' Hurdle.

Suddenly Susan invariably saves her best for Southwell, and makes fulsome appeal in the Free Betting With FreeBetting.co.uk Handicap. Scott Dixon's four-year-old is three times a scorer at the Nottinghamshire circuit, and is clearly in her element on a Fibresand surface, as, despite having occasionally shown up well at Wolverhampton, she has yet to find the winner's enclosure on Polytrack.

Pat Murphy’s Cloudy Bob could have been given a good opportunity by the assessor when he runs at Exeter. Murphy will be satisfied he has not been elevated from a mark of 109 ahead of the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Hurdle.