HANDSOME DUDE can make his second start at Southwell a winning one in the Betway Handicap.

The David Barron-trained gelding has won five times in his career and his run here in December offered plenty of hope that he is capable of adding to that tally in the near future.

Racing handily, albeit three wide, he swung into the straight with every chance and even when passed he kept at it and was only a couple of lengths or so down at the line.

If he can grab the lead and dictate terms, he promises to be hard to beat under Ben Curtis.

SWOT is fancied to run a good race in the sunbets.co.uk Handicap.

The Roger Teal-trained six-year-old performed with credit over a mile here at the beginning of the month and the drop back to seven furlongs is unlikely to have a detrimental effect.

He travelled quite nicely that day in first-time blinkers just behind the firing line, before hanging left to the rail inside the two-furlong pole and ultimately just being outgunned.

Off the same mark and with the headgear retained, there is every hope he will go close again with Robert Winston on board.

AXE CAP is worthy of support in the Betway Maiden Stakes, with Edward Greatrex in the saddle.

Archie Watson's filly was quickly away to lead on her first try on the fibresand last time out and there was nothing wrong with the way she stuck at it after being joined by winner Gift In Time two out.

ROY'S LEGACY could not quite get in a telling blow when third at the Nottinghamshire circuit last week but will not be far away in the Betway Sprint Handicap judged on that.

STAR ASCENDING is rarely too far away on his Southwell forays and that should be the case once more in the closing Betway Live Casino Handicap.

SURREY BLAZE looks the best bet on the card at Chelmsford's evening meeting, where he goes in the Bet totequadpot At betfred.com Handicap.

The Joe Tuite-trained three-year-old put up a really likeable performance to win at Wolverhampton at the start of the month following an absence of 136 days, in which time he had been gelded, showing a willing attitude in the process.

He was keen through the early stages, before settling on the heels of the leaders, and what caught the eye was how he refused to buckle when getting a bump just as he was switching to make his run.

Today's nap selection is lightly-raced enough to think there should be more to come, even with another 6lb to shoulder as Liam Keniry takes the reins.

CONTENTED finally got off the mark at Sedgefield last time and can follow up in the Higos Insurance Services Somerton Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.

The five-year-old hit the bar on his first two starts in novice company but made no mistake last time, strolling home by seven lengths in an admittedly weak event.

He has gone up 5lb for that victory, and must shoulder top weight here, but he looks a potentially decent horse and should rise to the challenge.

Kerry Lee's HAPPY DIVA caught a tartar last time out at Newbury but there is nothing of Ms Parfois' class in the EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Chase at Ludlow.

She has a little bit to find with a couple of her rivals here but handles testing ground so well and merits full respect.

MYSTICAL KNIGHT can give Rebecca Curtis a boost by winning the January Handicap Chase.

Third to the potentially useful Forest Des Aigles at Bangor on his return this season, he should strip fitter now.