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Hurling Magic would be a very tough nut to crack if able to build on the form he showed on his rules debut at Warwick in February, but he has a point to prove after a lesser effort the following month. Preference is for RAFFLE TICKET, who posted two very good efforts towards the end of last season.
Lady Of The Night was placed twice here last season and seems very likely to play a significant role on today’s handicap debut. But, the one with most potential could be YOUR DARLING, who ran well for a long way in a strong Sandown maiden in November. Last-time-out winner Pawpaw can also feature, while Above Suspicion is capable of better than he showed at Newbury last time.
Johnny Farrelly’s mare ALI THE HUNTER came from the rear of a big field to finish second at Taunton last month and remains very well handicapped on some of her older form. Ask The Lady was behind the selection when fourth at Taunton, but is not yet fully exposed and may provide the main threat. Missthecuddles is next on the list, while Mosambo looks quite interesting on her first run beyond 2m 3f.
Such was the authority of his all-the-way Market Rasen success that ROOSTER COGBURN (NAP) is taken to follow up off a 9lbs higher mark. Only Money, who has potential if he learns to settle, and Elisezmoi, wearing a tongue-strap for the first time, look the main dangers, in that order.
VEILED SECRET is lurking at the foot of the weights and could go well under Brian Hughes today.
Fitness could be an issue after 164 days off, but JIMMI CHEW has much more going for him than most of these and is taken to gain a first chase success at the second attempt. Scaramucci is dangerous, especially if strong in the betting, while winning pointer Etoile Du Matin could take off for fences on his handicap debut.
The ones with experience have achieved only modest form, so this will probably go to a newcomer and the market should prove informative. Tom George’s COTTUN fits the bill on paper, with an appealing blend of speed and stamina in his pedigree. That’s why he gets a tentative vote.
Olly Murphy’s pair Storm Of Light (second choice) and Urban Grit both have plausible profiles, while Swapped represents another stable with an impressive strike-rate in this sphere. Call Of The Wild is one more to consider.
An interesting mixture of promising once-raced types and well-bred newcomers. WOLFSPEAR, who changed hands for six figures as a three-year-old, falls into the latter category and could make a winning start for his in-form yard. Fellow debutant First Street also makes plenty of appeal on paper and could provide the main threat. Muy Bien and Keep Kidding look the pick of those with experience.
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