PARC DE LAUNAY has always been held in high regard by Tom Tate and he is of definite interest on his seasonal debut in the Dalby Stand Handicap at Pontefract.
The son of Monsieur Bond must have been showing Tate plenty prior to his introduction at Ripon last May, as he was sent off a well-backed favourite.
That confidence was justified as Parc De Launay turned in an impressive performance, and he managed to follow up in a novice event at Newcastle.
He stepped up to Pattern company for the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood next time and trailed home in last of 10.
All in all, he remains a gelding of decent promise and it would be no surprise to see him take his game to a new level this season.
David O'Meara's Descaro has a chance of securing back-to-back victories in the two-and-a-quarter-mile Jamaican Flight Handicap.
The six-year-old saw out the marathon trip well to wrest the spoils 12 months ago and, following some creditable efforts in defeat in the summer, he returned to winning ways over this distance in October.
O'Meara's string have started off the campaign in good form and Descaro looks a solid bet.
The best bet at Southwell is Red Orator, who bids for his second win from as many starts in the 32Red.com Handicap.
The three-year-old admittedly made his debut in a very weak maiden, but that should not detract from what was a fine performance.
He will face a tougher assignment for his handicap debut, but he could prove well-in off an initial mark of just 73.