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MRS HYDE has proved a revelation over hurdles for Brian Ellison this year, winning four of her five starts, and taking the scalp of the classy Verdana Blue in a Listed event at Wetherby last time. That form is already working out, with the third winning next time, and there is plenty to like about the manner in which Mrs Hyde goes about her business. She is fancied to complete a hat-trick of Listed races.
An interesting renewal of this Grade 2 novice chase and a chance is taken on NEXT DESTINATION, who is making his debut over fences. A Grade 1 novice hurdler for Willie Mullins in 2017/18, he made a cracking start for Paul Nicholls when finishing runner-up to a smart mare in the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby in October.
That was his first start for 920 days, but he showed that all of his ability remains intact, and that should have blown the cobwebs away. Novice chasing has always been the plan with him and he could take high rank in this division.
A typically competitive handicap for the track, and it is bottom-weight CAP DU NORD who makes the most appeal. He won a handicap off a 1lb lower mark at Fakenham last season, and shaped very well on his first start for nine months at Wincanton earlier this month, catching the eye coming from a long way back to finish fourth. His jockey looked after him in the closing stages as the lack of a recent run told, and Cap du Nord is expected to feel the benefit of that now.
TEA CLIPPER did plenty in a short space of time as a novice last season, winning his first three starts and had excuses when beaten in a handicap at Huntingdon. He picked up the progressive thread in a stronger handicap on his return at Chepstow in October though, winning the Silver Trophy with plenty in hand.
The most impressive aspect of that win was his response off the bridle going on around two furlongs out on the long run-in and found plenty to see off the reopposing Flash The Steel. A 7lbs rise is fair and Tea Clipper could improve further yet.
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Nicky Henderson won this race 12 months ago with subsequent Champion Hurdle winner Epatante, and he has another really exciting prospect here in the shape of MARIE’S ROCK. She was favourite for the Mares’ Novice at the Cheltenham Festival last season following two impressive wins over hurdles, but she was ruled out of all the spring festivals after suffering an injury. Recent reports have been positive and the sky is the limit for this excellent prospect.
This looks a good renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy and you can make a case for plenty, but AYE RIGHT looks well handicapped and could have an even bigger performance in the locker. He has quickly developed into a very smart chaser, running a blinder when beaten seven lengths in third by Cyrname (Vinndication second) in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby last time. He gets a nice pull in the weights with Vinndication now and this sound jumper looks tailormade for this test.
IBLEO won his first two starts over fences last season and ran well on his return from eight months off when narrowly beaten only by a race-fit rival at Ascot in October, collared only in the final strides. The handicapper has raised him 5lbs for that effort, but Ibleo should have even more to offer this season judged on that run, and is fully expected to resume winning ways.
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