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FALBERTO has taken a while to come to hand over hurdles but he deservedly opened his account in a novice claimer at Ludlow earlier this month, going one place better, and improving his form, from his previous effort at Leicester. Admittedly, that wasn’t a strong event, but neither is this, and he seems to have been found another good opportunity by Sam Thomas.
This doesn’t look the deepest novice hurdle and ACROSS THE LINE is fancied to resume winning ways. He won by 10 lengths at Hereford last month in a good time and didn’t settle properly when a beaten favourite at Uttoxeter on his next start. Across The Line shaped well behind a very bright prospect at Taunton last time and will find this much easier, so he is a solid fancy back under Harry Skelton.
Jennie Candlish continues in top form and THEFLYINGPORTRAIT figures on a handy mark. Admittedly, he isn’t getting any younger, but has left the impression he is coming to the boil of late. He did too much too soon when third at Doncaster last time as he faced competition for the lead, but is now 9 lb below his last winning mark and is too well handicapped to ignore, especially with a capable conditional taking 5 lb off.
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GETAWAY MAG is a winning pointer and stepped up markedly on her hurdles form when making a winning chase debut at Southwell earlier this month, landing some nice bets in the process. Indeed, she was seen to good effect making the running at a track that does favour such tactics, but she travelled well throughout and typically jumped soundly for one from this yard. The handicapper has hit her with a 9 lb rise but that may not be enough to stop her following up, with improvement almost certain.
Plenty with chances in a cracking Lincolnshire National but at the likely odds RED GIANT is worth siding with given this course winner arrives in fine nick and will benefit from the return to further. He benefited no end for a switch to forcing tactics when springing a surprise at Sedgefield in October before finishing a very good second at Catterick 16 days ago, so a bold showing is on the cards off the same mark.
GOLDEN EMBLEM appeals as a likely improver in handicaps after wind surgery so might be worth chancing, with confidence increased should the market vibes be strong. Recent all-the-way winners Barnay and Cilluirid are sure to have a big say if showing up in similar form. Fergal O’Brien does well here and Pellady would also enter the reckoning if the betting speaks in her favour on handicap debut.
This step up in trip promises to suit COURTLAND, who made a winning handicap debut at Uttoxeter and a 6 lb rise looks manageable. He was well positioned the way the race developed but it was still improved form and he looked much more straightforward than his previous starts, too. This looks competitive enough but there should be even more to come from him.
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