BUSHYPARK made the headlines when landing a monster gamble at Hexham a couple of weeks ago and he should be able to follow up from a 15 lb higher mark. He had been beaten almost 200 lengths in his previous starts over hurdles, but was much improved after two months off, looking a completely different animal as he tanked along and won by 11 lengths. On that evidence, he should have even more to offer, and looks a leading player.
TORN AND FRAYED ran solid races in defeat on a few occasions last season, but failed to justify favouritism on his return to action in a maiden hurdle at Aintree in December. He had an experience edge on the majority of his rivals, but didn’t take advantage, jumping sketchily from the outset and having no response when the principals came to the fore approaching the final flight. The longer trip should be in his favour now, and he is perhaps worth one more chance in a race that shouldn’t take much winning.
ESPOIR DE ROMAY was progressive over hurdles last season, winning two of his four starts, but he always looked the type to make up into a better chaser, and he looked one to follow when making a winning start over fences at Huntingdon last month. That was his first start since undergoing a wind operation, and he justified good market support in grand style, going with plenty of enthusiasm and in control when making a mistake at the last. That was only his sixth career start and this likeable type is well up to defying a penalty before moving up in grade.
ADRIMEL was purchased for £280,000 after winning his sole start in points, and made an impressive Rules debut when winning a bumper by 28 lengths at Uttoxeter in December last year. He gave weight and a beating to another promising sort on his next start and looked a good prospect when making a winning debut over hurdles at Sandown last month. He was strong in the market against a pair that had shown plenty on their hurdling debuts and he never looked in much trouble, staying on well on the run-in. There should be plenty more to come from Adrimel now and he is a confident selection.
INDY FIVE has been the subject of a stable switch that has proved most successful this season and, after a highly encouraging debut for Tom Symonds, he seems to have found a good opportunity stepping into veteran’s company for the first time. He was nailed only late on by a stronger stayer right at the death at Uttoxeter last month, the error he made at halfway possibly crucial in the final reckoning. Indy Five will likely benefit for that outing now and is a strong fancy here.
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The Jennie Candlish team continues in fine form so OSCARS LEADER is selected to build on his good reappearance run behind a progressive sort at Sandown. He has been much improved since fitted with a visor, and left the impression he is still on a fair mark beaten only by one well ahead of his mark last time. That run should have put an edge on him and he will remain of interest with conditions in his favour.
A race where the market will undoubtedly provide more clues. TAMAR BRIDGE makes obvious paper appeal for a yard which does very well in these events so he’s the selection. It’s potentially significant that Brian Hughes is on Parramount rather than the Donald McCain runner so Charlie Longsdon’s representative gets the nod for the forecast spot.
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