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Nicky Henderson’s mare PARIS DIXIE went down fighting on last month’s stable/hurdle debut at Chepstow, and the winner gave that form a good boost when second in a Cheltenham Grade 2 on Saturday. She is the one to beat.
Sizable Sam looked very promising in bumpers last season, while Electron Bleu has solid each-way claims if somewhere near to form he showed when runner-up twice at the start of the year.
The front-running Beyond The Pale is likely to give it a good shot under a penalty, but narrow preference is for the lightly raced ZYON, who shaped encouragingly over course and distance last autumn and has some potential. Winning chaser Cap St Vincent is an intriguing runner for Tim Vaughan.
Little River Bay and Poniente were both placed on their hurdle debuts last season, while bumper winners Belle De Manech and Docte Dina also feature prominently in calculations. However, SASHENKA has been pretty consistent at a fairly useful level on the Flat this year and, with her stamina assured, she is selected to make a winning start to her hurdling career.
The unknown quality is Accomplice, who made a low-key British debut in February 2019 but looked pretty good when winning in France in 2018. He will be feared if strong in the betting. but it might pay to give another chance to DO WANNA KNOW.
He disappointed on his recent handicap debut, but is interesting if judged on some of last season’s novice form. Kissesforkatie is also capable of much better than she showed last time, while Buckhorn George and Carys’ Commodity are others to consider.
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Multiple point/hunter chase winner EARTH LEADER spoiled his chance by racing too freely over 2m 7f on last month’s handicap debut, but the combination of a drop back in trip and a lead from habitual front-runner Master Vintage may prompt a much better performance today.
He gets the nod ahead of Lots Of Luck, who has done well since switched to chasing. Commandant and Un Beau Roman rediscovered some form in lower-grade events at Plumpton this month and both remain very well handicapped on past exploits.
DOLLNAMIX was impressive at Huntingdon last week and has the biggest chance ahead of Et Apres Thou, who is probably capable of better than he has shown for his top stable.
Newton Abbot winner SCARDURA was never in a good jumping rhythm at Cheltenham last time, but drops in grade here and is feared most. Goa Lil and Golden Taipan both ran with credit before coming to grief in the closing stages of the same event at Ludlow last month, while chasing debutant Tamaroc Du Mathan was a close fifth in a major handicap hurdle last season and also makes appeal.
It’s hard to get away from last week’s Ludlow chase winner RAVING BONKERS (NAP), who is able to race off the same mark now back over hurdles and already looks a bargain buy. Elios D’Or had useful bumper form and remains capable of better over hurdles. He heads the dangers along with Sehayli, who was back to form at Hereford last week.
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