Overthetop stayed on well to justify support in a steadily-run Warwick bumper in April and can maintain his unbeaten record on his first start over hurdles. Olly Murphy’s exciting prospect had won a point prior to creating such a good impression on his debut under Rules, and he has plenty of stamina in his pedigree so this stiffer test should suit. He looks one to follow over hurdles.
Brewin’upastorm has the pedigree and looks to make a big impact over fences and he can beat some talented rivals on his chasing debut. He showed useful form over hurdles, notably finishing fourth in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and runner-up in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, but should be seen to even better effect over fences. He has gone very well fresh in the past (won first time out the last two seasons).
Attention Seaker bounced back to form in no uncertain terms last time, winning a handicap at this course by 11 lengths. She seemed to benefit from receiving a patient ride and those tactics, which served her well, could be employed again. The drop back in trip shouldn’t be an issue and she is well treated under a penalty.
Donna’s Delight drops in grade and should be well suited by a good test at this trip. He is potentially well handicapped and should go close if recapturing his best form. The lightly-raced Buddha Scheme won a novices’ chase at Hexham earlier this month and is respected on his handicap debut. He rates the biggest threat to Donna’s Delight.
A change of headgear worked a charm for Sebastian Beach at Kelso last time out as he travelled with a lot more zest and won by seven lengths.
A 9lb rise for that may not be enough to prevent him following up if the headgear has the same impact this time.
Artichoke Heart produced her best effort to date when only narrowly beaten in a handicap hurdle at Hereford last time and she makes plenty of appeal off the same mark. It was encouraging that she jumped better on that occasion and Donald McCain’s filly may yet be capable of better.
Craig Star is on a long losing run but he’s dropped in the weights and could be set to take advantage of a workable mark. His third at Huntingdon three weeks ago was a creditable effort and he should go close if running to a similar level in this weak contest.