I’ll keep this brief, as the race is off in 20 minutes!

I’m keen to take on the favourite in the opener at Tarbes, and course winner Mad River looks to be coming into form.

He has conditions in his favour, is getting weight off the favourite and is a capable performer who should go very well in a race that lacks any depth.

11.45am Tarbes – 1pt win Mad River @ 4-1 (most firms, 9/2 in places)