The Boola Bee has been going well over fences of late and should probably have made it three wins from four starts at Wincanton last Thursday but was left with too much to do. That was The Boola Bee’s best effort yet on ratings and Nigel Hawke’s in-form mare can quickly gain compensation off the same mark.
Robinshill ended last season out of sorts but took a big step towards recapturing his old form at Warwick three weeks ago and is clearly well treated if able to build on that encouraging performance. He weakened close home having briefly led on the run-in, seemingly undone by a lack of stamina, so the drop back in trip looks a good decision. He is clear on Timeform ratings and can give the in-form Nigel Twiston-Davies yard another winner.
Dentley De Mee wasn’t seen to best effect on his return at Warwick as he travelled well but didn’t get a clear run. He is a largely consistent sort and has received a bit of respite from the handicapper, who has eased him another 3lb, and he can take advantage of a fair mark. Supremely Lucky heads the list of possible dangers on his chasing debut. He quickly developed into a fairly useful hurdler and has a pointing background, so is of obvious interest.
Benson showed promise on debut for Sarah-Jayne Davies and can build on that encouraging effort having moved to Richard Newland’s stable. Newland has his horses in good form and is renowned for improving new recruits, so Benson, who has had a wind operation since his debut, makes plenty of appeal. He is one of only three horses with experience under Rules and he can put that to good use.
Pink Eyed Pedro was below form when last seen hurdling but is a useful chaser and can take advantage of a lenient mark in this sphere. David Brace’s eight-year-old ran well to finish runner-up over fences at Ludlow last time, so is clearly in decent heart, and he should be well suited by these fixed brush hurdles.
Floressa looked above-average in bumpers last season and can win on her first outing over hurdles. Nicky Henderson’s well-bred filly made the best possible start when winning a Ludlow bumper and she then showed improved form to finish runner-up at Cheltenham in April. She has plenty of scope for improvement as she starts out over hurdles.
Winning pointer Young Buck, who is a half-brother to five winners, catches the eye on his debut under Rules and could be a very smart prospect for leading trainer Paul Nicholls. The Grand Visir, whose finest hour came when winning the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, has shown only fair form over hurdles but is respected due to his Flat exploits.