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Off the mark in Irish points at the second attempt, UP FOR PAROL produced a promising first effort over hurdles on his Rules debut at Doncaster in January – shaping third best until tiring. He may well improve with that outing now under his belt and he is taken to get the better of standard setter Barrichello.
DEXCITE was friendless in the betting ahead of his reappearance at Catterick in December, but he had been given a chance by the handicapper and shaped as if retaining all his ability after 16 months off. The progressive winner just leaving him at the second last.
He was in the process of running well when coming down at the last at the same venue last time, keeping on in second. He remains of interest here off the same mark.
A lightly-raced winner in points, CAILIN DEARG left her Rules debut behind when making her second bumper outing a winning one at Wexford in October. She quickening clear three out and responding well once tackled with a furlong left to run. She has been bought for £26,000 subsequently and seems sure to have a future over hurdles.
OSCAR ROBERTSON confirmed the promise of his chasing debut when opening his account over fences at Hereford in November, not going about it in smooth fashion but pulling it out of the fire after completely losing his position – finding plenty to lead close home. He could only run to a similar level at Newcastle subsequently, but he retains potential now returning from a break and could prove the one to side with.
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HAAFAPIECE ended last season on the up with wins at Huntingdon and Fakenham. He continued the good work at this course at the beginning of this term, hitting the frame in his two outings over this course and distance.
He was in the process of running cracker when coming down at the last at Cheltenham in December, likely to have gone close. He rates a major player if none the worse for that spill.
A winning hurdler, HANG TOUGH made the perfect start to life over fences when landing the odds at Lingfield in November, digging in well to overcome a late error. Although he could only finish a fair third at the same venue last time, he still looks handily weighted. He has been freshened up since his last run and looks worth another chance.
A €50,000 son of Fame And Glory, DEL LA MAR ROCKET showed plenty to work on when second on debut at Carlisle in November. He duly improved to get off the mark at the second attempt at Exeter in January, galloping strongly as other faltered as his experience was a definite edge in the testing conditions. There should be better still to come from Ben Pauling’s charge, so he gets the vote to go in again.
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