WINDSOR CROSS should appreciate a switch back in trip in the Handicap at Newcastle.

Malton trainer Richard Fahey has pitched his charge over a mile on his last two starts but the three-year-old has seemingly found it tough going in the closing stages on both occasions, hitting the frame without really troubling the victor.

Those efforts suggest a drop down to seven furlongs would be in his favour, an opinion underlined by the fact his sole win to date came over that distance at this track back in November.

Windsor Cross was a convincing winner of a moderate heat that day, prompting the handicapper to give him a starting mark of 81 – a perch which has dropped 2lb after his recent efforts.

That dip in the ratings, combined with the shorter trip, can put Windsor Cross back on the winning track. Barry McHugh is booked to ride today's nap selection.

TWIZZELL showed signs of a return to form on her first start of 2018 and is one for the shortlist in the Betway Sprint Handicap.

Nine races last year yielded a win and a handful of places but she looked as though she was ready for a break when down the field at Newcastle in October and trainer Karl Burke duly gave her a rest.

She returned with a length-and-a-half second at Gosforth Park last week and now, clearly refreshed, Twizzell can kick on again here as Joe Fanning takes the reins.

SUN CLOUD can repeat his victory of four years ago in the Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase at Catterick.

Malcolm Jefferson's charge may be approaching the twilight of his career now but he lines up here in cracking form and with a rating just 1lb higher than that successful 2014 perch.

The 11-year-old has triumphed on his last two starts, winning on heavy ground at Perth in September before following up on better ground at Sedgefield in November.

He won off a mark of 127 on that latter occasion but has since been eased 3lb in the weights, which is a definite plus. Brian Hughes is in the saddle.

BALLYDINE made a decent impression on his return from over 600 days off the track and can continue on an upward curve in the Leicester Annual Badge Holders Chase at the midlands track.

He looked a useful tool over hurdles, chasing home Barters Hill in a Grade Two at Doncaster in January 2016 before being tried at the top level at Aintree that spring.

Ballydine was then sidelined until making his chasing bow at Haydock last month when he ran a cracker to finish second, beaten just a neck after looking likely to drop away at one stage.

If he can avoid the bounce factor, Ballydine is worth a shout under Jonathan Burke.

TANGRAMM can make it two wins from his three latest starts in the Bet totequadpot At Handicap at Chelmsford's evening meeting.

He scored over the same 10 furlongs he faces here on his penultimate outing but fell a length short when sent off favourite at Wolverhampton last time.

That race was really not run to suit that day, so hopefully he will enjoy better luck this time with Robert Winston on board.