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With that concession on our side, we can bet with a little more confidence and here's a quick rundown of all our picks - just click on the horse's name to go straight to Planet Sports Bet and place your bets.
1.20 Wetherby - Palixandre each-way
David Pipe's Gericault Roque was progressive over hurdles last winter and may well be good enough to make a winning start over fences, if straight enough on his first run back since March (market will provide the best clue).
Several of his rivals, however, do have fitness on their side and they include bottom weight Palixandre, who is getting 25lb and has shown a decent level of form over fences, including when beating Sizing Midnight (who re-opposes) at Uttoxeter in September.
The seven-year-old can take a keen hold and that was the case when sent off as favourite at Carlisle nine days ago. Still going easily three out, he quickly capitulated after pecking two out and once his chance was gone he was eased right down on the run in.
So he is better than the 30 lengths he was beaten would imply and in the hope that today's bigger field will help him settle better, he is taken to outrun his big odds and reward each-way backers.
1.35 Ascot - Sam Barton
Kid Commando made all over when winning over hurdles at this meeting 12 months ago, after which his form went downhill, and he is now making his chase debut following further wind surgery.
He might be the answer but preference is for another chase debutant in Sam Barton at bigger odds, with Emma Lavelle's six-year-old likely to come into his own over fences this season.
Always regarded as a chaser in the making, as are all who carry the late Trevor Hemming's silks, he looks to be on a fair opening mark and is sure to have been well schooled.
Nassalam is a fascinating rival to the selection in that he is only a four-year-old making his chase debut, having won his first two juvenile starts over hurdles last season by an aggregate of 100 lengths, before chasing home Adagio in a Grade 1 at Chepstow in January.
He was last seen running down the field in the Fred Winter and could be an exciting prospect over fences, although his tendency to jump left has to be a concern at this right-handed track.
1.55 Wetherby - Her Indoors
Miranda and Mollys Ollys Wishes, trained by Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton respectively, are joint top-rated and they predictably head the betting.
But they have to concede race fitness to Alan King's Her Indoors, who has had a recent spin on the Flat and was quite impressive when landing a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in April, having finished midfield in the Fred Winter (unsuited by the big field, apparently) at the same track previously.
She has the scope to rate considerably higher this season and as a four-year-old is getting weight from her older and better fancied rivals, with the stable form (8-35, 23% in the last fortnight) being another positive.
2.10 Ascot - Megan each-way
Betfair Hurdle winner and Supreme Hurdle fourth Soaring Glory is the class act in this Listed handicap hurdle, but he has top weight to show for that and might also improve for his first run back.
Boothill was impressive when winning his sole start over hurdles at Taunton last December and could be well treated on a mark of 135, for all he's a chaser in the making.
But at much bigger odds we'll take a chance that Megan can complete the course, something she hasn't done on her last two outings: bled from the nose when pulling up at Doncaster in January and fell on her reappearance at Chepstow earlier this month.
She surely would have gone close to winning on the latter occasion, so well was she travelling when coming down, and if none the worse she has to go close here off what looks a highly lenient mark of 120.
2.30 Wetherby - Run For Oscar
This sees the return of Paisley Park, who had to settle for third when bidding to retain his Stayers' Hurdle crown in March, and was clearly feeling the effects of that hard race when pulling up at Aintree just three weeks later.
Emma Lavelle's stable star is rightly favourite to bounce back here and return to winning ways, but he'll surely come on plenty for the outing and and Irish raider Run For Oscar looks worth chancing with fitness on his side.
The six-year-old has found some improvement for being fitted with a visor and stepping up in trip, winning his last two starts with plenty in hand, and that Charles Byrnes has crossed the Irish Sea with him is a tip in itself.
2.45 Ascot - Grey Diamond
Editeur Du Gite looked a fast-improving chaser when making all at Newbury and Aintree in the spring, and would have won with more in hand at the latter track but for a blunder at the last.
However, he's shot up the ratings as a result and the Sam Thomas-trained Grey Diamond, who finished fifth behind him at the Liverpool track, where he perhaps paid the price for giving chase to the winner from a long way out, enjoys a hefty pull at the weights.
The seven-year-old should have more improvement in him this term and his stable could not be in better form, with three winners and three seconds to show from just seven runners in the last fortnight.
One of those winners, Before Midnight, won a decent handicap at Cheltenham last Saturday in striking fashion and the selection, who runs in the same colours, can hopefully repeat the trick.
2.50 Down Royal - Frodon
Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo might not be fully wound up on his return to action in this Grade 1, which makes him an unappealing bet at odds-on.
He may well still win, as he did first time up last season, but Frodon has gone well fresh in the past and it's unlikely that Paul Nicholls, who has won this Grade 1 four times, will have travelled over just for the sake of pepping him for his King George defence on Boxing Day.
If anywhere near fit, the nine-year-old is capable of at least giving the favourite a race under his regular pilot Bryony Frost, with some of his best performances coming at right-handed tracks like this one.
Galvin has race fitness on his side, having won on his reappearance at Punchestown 17 days ago, and he too won't go down without a fight. He looks more of a Grand National type than a Gold Cup contender, though.
3.05 Wetherby - Cyrname
If Cyrname runs close to his best, he should land this Grade 2 prize for the second year running with something to spare given he has plenty in hand over his six rivals on official ratings.
It's hard to be too confident about that given his two subsequent pulled up efforts albeit at a high level, but he's probably best caught fresh and his trainer Paul Nicholls reports him to have schooled well earlier this week.
Clondaw Castle and Shan Blue are next in the betting but last season's Marsh Chase runner-up Fusil Raffles could be the one to take advantage if the favourite fails to deliver.
Time may tell he faced an impossible task in trying to give smart winner Bravemansgame 12lb at Newton Abbot on his return to action earlier this month, and he wasn't given a hard time once his chance had evaporated after the third last.
Win or lose today, he's certainly one to bear in mind for next month's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
3.20 Ascot - Johnbb
Class act Vinndication faces a tough task in this 3m handicap chase conceding weight to all his rivals and on his first run back after a 203-day layoff.
The suspicion is that his trainer Kim Bailey is using this as a prep for next month's Ladbroke Trophy, and he is therefore best left alone at shortish odds.
Besides we're not short of decent alternatives and none appeal more than Tom Lacey's Johnbb, who is unexposed over this sort of trip and looks to have a good handicap in him off his current mark.
The seven-year-old turned in a personal best when finishing second in a Grade 3 at Aintree in April, proving he stays this far, and that he managed to win first time up last season provides further encouragement for a bet.
Sojourn was also considered as he has an excellent record fresh - form figures of 111 after breaks of 211 days or more - and has had wind surgery since pulling up at Haydock in February.
3.40 Wetherby - Our Surprise
Our Surprise let down favourite backers at Fontwell earlier this month, but Harry Fry's gelding can be forgiven that effort, with the lack of a decent gallop against him, and he is worth another chance in this handicap.
His mark of 120 looks lenient when you consider he left a 121-rated rival well behind when successful at Newton Abbott in April, and he wouldn't be the first horse to show improvement on his second run back from wind surgery.
Donald McCain's Mackenberg, another novice making his handicap debut, and last-time-out winner Pagero are feared most.