Anita Chambers fancies Black Op in a quality novice chase at Newbury - check out her in-depth preview and tips.
Nap: Bo Samraan (2.35 Southwell)
Next Best: Black Op (2.25 Newbury)
Paisley Park was the undisputed king of the staying-hurdle division last year, and it will be a surprise if he cannot pick up here he left off on his return at Newbury.
Emma Lavelle's charge graduated from two handicap wins at the beginning of last term to win the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot before Christmas.
Paisley Park did not look back from there, adding a wide-margin Cleeve Hurdle win before following up with Cheltenham Festival glory in the Stayers' Hurdle.
He has to shoulder a penalty in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle, but Paisley Park is still streets ahead on the official figures - and a couple of racecourse gallops should have helped to set him right.
Black Op seems ready to put a bit of a false start to his fencing career well behind him this term, with Grade Two glory within his grasp in the Ladbrokes "Where The Nation Plays" Novices' Chase.
The eight-year-old looked destined to take high rank in the novice division last term - but after he was beaten on his first couple of starts, Tom George drew stumps and went back over hurdles.
In retrospect, Black Op faced excellent opposition in Defi Du Seuil, Lostintranslation and Topofthegame in each of those defeats, so it was a bit surprising to see him sent off a 5-2 shot on his return over fences last month.
Hot favourite Lisnagar Oscar did not show his best that day. But Black Op's 15-length stroll was nevertheless impressive, and he could now have got to grips with fences.
Kalashnikov can get back on the right track as he dips in class for the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase.
He had to settle for second on his seasonal bow in an Aintree Grade Two, giving 6lb to the winner Forest Bihan in what was a pretty unsatisfactory race because a number of fences were omitted due to the low sun.
Kalashnikov was good enough to score at the highest level last term and he should strip fitter for his return when he lines up here.
Bo Samraan turned in a fine performance at Southwell last time - and can build on that in the Betway EBF Buccaneer Conditions Stakes.
The ability to handle Fibresand can be a key factor at the Nottinghamshire venue, and Mark Johnston's charge showed it poses few problems for him when held in second behind Grazeon Roy this month.
Bo Samraan tried to make every yard over 12 furlongs that day, but just found the winner a touch too speedy late on.
He was conceding 10lb, so a length-and-a-quarter defeat does not read too badly at all, and conditions of Friday's event give him a handy pull with all but Sevenna Star.
Bo Samraan and that rival are evenly matched on the figures, but preference is for a runner who is proven to handle the surface.
Queen Of Kalahari is another with strong Southwell form, having posted three of her six career wins at the track.
Les Eyre took her to Newcastle for her most recent run - and while she was far from disgraced in third, she did not quite show her best on the different surface.
While she remains on a perch of 63, she still looks competitive in the Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap - particularly back at her favoured course and distance.
Young Tiger failed in his hat-trick bid last time but is worth another chance in the Betway Handicap, while Dizzy G should appreciate switching back to six furlongs in the 32Red Handicap at Kempton.
She made a winning start on the all-weather on her penultimate outing - but upped to seven furlongs at Wolverhampton last time, she could finish only fifth of six runners.
Dizzy G was not beaten far that day. But since she dropped away in the closing stages, reverting to a sprint trip makes sense.
Sheriffmuir made a satisfactory return from a long lay-off and should strip fitter for the 100% Profit Boost At 32Redsport.com Maiden Stakes.
Third behind Group and Listed-placed runners on his only juvenile outing, Sheriffmuir was far too keen early on his return and unsurprisingly was found out at the line. He should have progressed from that run and looks to have fine claims for John Gosden.
Sporting Life tips
DUNDALK: 5.15 Dark Vader, 5.45 Noble Expression, 6.15 Glorious Hero, 6.45 Shore Step, 7.15 Rock On Aidan, 7.45 Solar System, 8.15 Rippling Waters, 8.45 Munfallet.
KEMPTON: 4.30 Buy Me Back, 5.00 Annie Quickstep, 5.30 Sheriffmuir, 6.00 Dizzy G, 6.30 Vibrance, 7.00 Social City, 7.30 Bullington Boy, 8.00 True Belief.
LIMERICK: 12.30 Rebel Waltz, 1.05 Poseidon, 1.40 Prosecution, 2.10 Fenta Des Obeaux, 2.45 Kayf Thou, 3.20 Drifting Back, 3.50 Moyode Gold.
NEWBURY: 12.15 Morning Spirit, 12.45 Encore Champs, 1.20 Shan Blue, 1.50 Kalashnikov, 2.25 Black Op, 3.00 Paisley Park, 3.35 One For The Team.
SOUTHWELL: 12.55 Young Tiger, 1.30 Elysee Star, 2.00 Sociologist, 2.35 BO SAMRAAN (NAP), 3.10 Queen Of Kalahari, 3.45 Dream World, 4.15 Face Like Thunder.
DOUBLE: Bo Samraan and Black Op.