Choochoobugaloo was beaten just a neck on her chasing debut at Sedgefield in April – immediately bettering anything she had achieved over hurdles.
It will be disappointing if there aren’t more races to be won with her this season from a BHA mark of 93. She certainly shaped well on her return over hurdles at Uttoxeter last month, when finding only a thriving rival (who subsequently won again under a penalty) too good, and the step up in trip/return to fences here could unlock further improvement.
That’s a scary prospect for her nine rivals in a race where chase experience is at a premium.
Dance Fever is unbeaten in two starts and showed an excellent attitude to record the most recent of those wins over six furlongs here in September, finding plenty to beat a next-time-out winner by half a length, with the pair clear of the remainder.
The way he finished his race suggests the extra furlong here won’t hold any fears – he may even improve for it – and he is unlikely to relinquish his unbeaten record without a fight now switching to handicaps. An opening mark of 87 appeals as more than fair.
Famous Dynasty is on a losing run stretching back to August 2018, but he has shaped as if he might be coming to the boil on his last two starts, notably when third at Bath in September having promised even more for a long way.
Generally consistent on the all-weather last winter, he is certainly on a good mark if putting it all together. Alexandra Dunn’s runner is now 11lb lower than when recording that last win, and the lack of a stand-out contender in this line-up suggests that he could be worth chancing at rewarding odds.
Ramatuelle and Percy’s Prince are feared most of the remainder.