Harry Fry has won three of the last seven runnings and PURE BLISS is taken to follow up last month’s Uttoxeter win, despite now carrying a penalty. Placed horses Gazette Bourgeoise and Coquelicot are feared, as is point winner Maggies Mogul on her second rules start. Little Peachey is an interesting each-way option at a big price now back on heavy ground.
Dock Road has the best hurdles form having been a promising second on last month’s debut at Exeter and is very much respected, but this could go to hurdling newcomer KARL PHILIPPE, who impressed at Carlisle last month to make it 2-2 in bumpers. Point winner Red Lion Lad could also play a major role on his first rules start.
She wasn’t at her best on last month’s chase debut at Fontwell but that was on good to soft going and DEJA VUE could be a different proposition now back on a testing surface, with her two hurdle wins having come on heavy ground. Momella bumped into a very well-handicapped winner at Newton Abbot and is second choice, ahead of the 5yo Vienna Court.
The 10yo TRANS EXPRESS takes on some progressive youngsters but he’s won the last three runnings (the latest in 2018) and this well-handicapped course specialist returned to form with a good second over C&D last month. He’s the pick ahead of handicap newcomer Brinkley, who impressed at Newbury in February on his first run for David Pipe. Hooligan, Adicci and Accomplice are also unexposed.
Innisfree Lad is ahead of the handicapper off the same mark as when winning a conditionals’ event by about 8l at Hereford on Saturday, and has obvious claims if this doesn’t come too soon. However, CROSSLEY TENDER (nap) also looks well treated given the manner of his easy win off 8lb lower over C&D last month, and is taken to regain the winning thread now back over fences. The unexposed Go Whatever is open to improvement on his second chase start.
Tudors Treasure is unbeaten over this C&D but he’s possibly a shade vulnerable lumbering plenty of weight on this testing surface. Tanrudy is a heavy-ground winner but he too has a lot of weight to carry. BLUE MONDAY has a couple of letters next to his name but he may be able to resume his progress back on much softer going. The forecast conditions aren’t ideal for the only last-time-out winner in the field, Bogoss Du Perret.
Pour Une Raison displayed a significant jolt of improvement to win over C&D last month and could quite easily have more to offer but it might pay to give another chance to DARKSIDEOFTARNSIDE, who was a beaten favourite last time but won on heavy ground two starts ago and, if his Flat form is a guide, could still be well handicapped over hurdles. Comeragh Lad and Amzac Magic are others with possibilities.
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