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A bumper winner on debut for Willie Mullins last season, and in a Listed event no less, PANIC ATTACK has made up into a fair hurdler for David Pipe this term. She made the most of a good opportunity to get off the mark over obstacles at the second attempt at Uttoxeter in October.
Her lack of experience was obvious as she made her handicap debut in a very competitive race at Cheltenham last month, but she has been eased 6lbs as a result. She ought to be able to regain the winning thread now returned to calmer waters.
Bred to be smart, GOWEL ROAD made a promising start to his career when second at Ffos Las last month, just coming up short against a good prospect whose experience shone through. He should have learnt plenty from that race, and with potentially significant improvement anticipated, he tops the shortlist.
DEMACHINE’s pedigree always suggested he would make a better chaser than hurdler, and he duly got off the mark over fences at the first attempt at Uttoxeter in October – running to a useful level as he won with a bit to spare.
He continued his bright start to the chasing discipline when following up at Ascot last month, defying a 10 higher mark to again win with a bit in hand. It is highly likely that we have not seen the best of him yet, so he gets the vote to overcome a further 8lbs rise and bring up the hat-trick.
KATESON didn’t really meet expectation when sent chasing last season, but, after a pipe-opener back over hurdles at this venue in November, he regained the winning thread with a determined victory at Aintree at the beginning of the month and he dug in really well to win a handicap hurdle for the first time. He has been upped 3lbs for that win but should relish these conditions, so he gets the vote to follow up.
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AMATEUR attracted support ahead of his run at Carlisle last month, and he wasted little time getting back on track, but was just unlucky to bump into one firmly on the up. That form has been well advertised since, with no fewer than four next-time-out winners emerging from the race. Amateur has undergone a wind operation since then, and he looks a big player here having snuck in at the bottom of the weights.
A winner of Listed and graded bumpers as a five-year-old, THE GLANCING QUEEN made a bright start to her hurdling career when outclassing her rivals at Warwick last month. She tanked along before being produced to lead two out, quickening clear approaching the last and winning with ease.
She is an exciting recruit to hurdling and remains open to significant improvement, particularly considering her bumper exploits. She could be the answer in what looks a top-notch renewal of the Challow Novices’ Hurdle.
EXELERATOR EXPRESS has shaped encouragingly on both his starts over fences this term, showing plenty of promise on his chasing debut at Sedgefield last month – before coming up short against Funambule Sivola at Wetherby last time.
Funambule Sivola was clearly well ahead of his mark that day, but he came unstuck at Sandown under a penalty subsequently. With Exelerator Express now 12lbs better off at the weights, it is Neil Mulholland’s charge who gets the vote to turn the tables on his reopposing rival.
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