There are three meetings for punters to get stuck into on Sunday afternoon. In Britain there's action over the jumps at Kelso, supplemented by an all-weather meeting at Southwell, while in Ireland the jumps come from Fairyhouse.
The improving Poker Party can continue a good spell for Davy Russell in the saddle and is amongst our racing tips from Warren Ashurst.
It hasn't been a great start to 2018 for Henry de Bromhead but the Waterford handler is fancied to end a short barren spell with Poker Party in this handicap hurdle over three miles. The six-year-old is getting the hang of things now after six starts over jumps and appears to be really appreciating having his stamina further tested.
He opened his account over 2m3½f on testing ground at Clonmel in November and was even more impressive when doubling his tally upped to 2m5f next time at Tramore on heavy going. He cut out most of the running in that contest but showed his mettle once headed, quickly asserting his authority and coming away to score by five lengths.
He goes up once more in trip and ought to relish this further examination of staying power despite a hike in the ratings. Russell takes over for the first time in the saddle and has been riding well just recently (23% strike rate from previous 22 rides). Together they can provide de Bromhead with a welcome winner.
Polidam is on something of a retrieval mission here after failing to fire in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. He was well-backed for that contest on the back of a reappearance win at Navan in early December, where he had nine lengths to spare on stablemate Acapella Bourgeois but was never really any sort of threat when push came to shove.
He had raced with plenty of enthusiasm and perhaps just didn't stay the three miles. He's worth forgiving that run given the ultra-competitive nature of the race and is now back over a trip that will suit. Available at 7/2 in the early racing betting, he can give Daryl Jacob a good spin around Fairyhouse now.
His previous effort at Navan was bursting with promise and was just his second start for trainer Willie Mullins after arriving from France. Acapella Bourgeois is likely to go off favourite here but he's rather lost his way in recent times and may be flattered by his current rating.
Tom George's Clondaw Castle didn't win by far on debut over timber at Huntingdon in a maiden hurdle in November but he did it a shade cosily. He could only finish third next time out at Doncaster in a novices' contest over an extended two miles on good ground but that form could prove more than useful.
The winner, Countister, looks to have plenty in his favour for champion trainer Nicky Henderson while runner-up De Rasher Counter made light of a mark of 124 to open his account in handicap company this week at Fontwell for Emma Lavelle.
With the yard in good form (18% recently), Clondaw Castle should be capable of taking this contest and extending his record over timber to two from three and his opening price of 5/2 in Sunday's racing odds looks fair.