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SOUTH TERRACE came in for late support and was value for extra when getting off the mark Catterick in December, overcoming some trouble in-running at the third-last on his final start for Philip Kirby. He has joined a yard that do well with new recruits, and likely has even more to offer now handicapping. He can strike again and gets the vote over Ecco and Bells of Peterboro.
SOPRAN THOR showed improved form when finding only one too good on handicap debut at Sandown last month, and progressed again when filling the same position over the same course and distance last time. He seems to be getting the hang of things now and could get an easy lead here, so is fancied to deservedly break his duck. Cascova’s most recent effort at Newbury can be marked up with him having conceded first run and met trouble late on, so he’s considered the main threat.
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA has made a very bright start to his chase career, winning three of his five starts, making the most of a good opportunity when making all at Chepstow last time. Conditions will be different here, but he had plenty in hand, represents a bang in-form yard, and is taken to defy the handicapper again. Monsieur Lecoq has scope based on hurdle form, and looks the one for the forecast.
ROYAUME UNI improved on his previous efforts over hurdles when hitting the frame in a novice hurdle at Kempton last week whilst leaving the impression there’s a fair bit better to come yet. He now enters handicaps from a potentially lenient mark . Tinnahalla accounted for a next-time-out winner at Catterick and could be capable of raising his game further now handicapping, while Newbury-scorer Iron Heart and Herbiers have solid each-way claims.
ANOTHER CRICK won a couple of handicaps in good style in 2019, and has run with promise in competitive handicap chases the last twice, not ideally placed in rear given the way the race panned out at Newbury last time. He still seems on a fair mark and could resume winning ways back in these calmer waters. Highest Sun and Awake At Midnight are a couple of the other players.
ACTIVIAL ran well in a similar event after a four-month break at Doncaster last month under a more patient ride than usual, and a reproduction of that form may be good enough to see him belatedly resume winning ways. Crosspark is far from the typical veteran having proved better than ever this season and has a good chance if bouncing back from his unfortunate blip in the Eider.
ALCALA is a cut above his opposition and wouldn’t need to improve on his recent Musselburgh success to go in again in what looks a weak race of its type. Tanit River is the likeliest to capitalise if the selection fluffs his lines but couldn’t be backed with any confidence.
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