FAIVOIR has developed into a useful hurdler this season, winning three times and running right up to his best when third behind The Shunter in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso last time. That form is comfortably superior to anything his two rivals here have achieved, so Faivoir is very hard to oppose as he seeks a fourth success of the campaign.
MASTERS LEGACY shaped better than the bare result when fourth on his handicap debut at Taunton recently, leaving the impression the run would bring him on after 14 months on the sidelines. He weakened quickly from two out, but had travelled strongly for much of the race – notably hitting a low of 1.74 in-running. He is 2lbs lower here and well worth another chance, with further progress on the cards given his lightly raced profile.
ADMIRAL BARRATRY can be excused a below-par effort at Sandown last time, where he was always struggling after a bad mistake at the first. He had been generally progressive in three previous starts over fences, producing his best effort when beaten just a neck by Fire Away (who has won again since) at Fakenham in February.
He pulled well clear of the rest there and showed enough to suggest that a BHA mark of 130 won’t prove his limit if putting his Sandown flop behind him, representing the Lucy Wadham yard which continues in good heart (68% of horses running to form).
HOWLING MILAN proved a let-down on his most recent outing over this course and distance, but he demonstrated that these conditions play to his strengths when beaten only two lengths into second the time before.
That appeals as strong form and he is only 3lbs higher here, so it could pay to side with him again on just his third try over 3m. He possibly found the race coming too soon last time, but has had three weeks to recover ahead of this assignment.
SAINT DE REVE shaped with plenty of encouragement when second on his first completed start over fences at Wincanton three weeks ago, still looking green but rallying well on the run-in to be beaten less than four lengths.
That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, while the small ‘p’ attached to his rating denotes that he is open to more improvement as a chaser, especially now stepping back up in trip. This looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark in this sphere at the third attempt (unseated his rider on debut).
COEUR SEREIN confirmed the promise of his handicap debut with a dominant success at Warwick 12 days ago, landing the spoils by 6 lengths with plenty in hand. He made headway to lead two out and was always in command from there, overcoming a mistake at the last in the manner of one still well ahead of his mark.
Therefore, he rates a confident selection to defy a 7lbs penalty and follow up – especially when you factor in his scope for more improvement (still only a seven-year-old with very few miles on the clock).
ADRIEN DU PONT is on a losing run stretching back to December 2018, but this should prove his for the taking if reproducing anything like his best form. He is a useful chaser on his day and simply has a lot more ability than the pair who oppose him.
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