Mr Love got off the mark at the third time of asking for Dan Skelton at Huntingdon 12 days ago and still has plenty of handicapping scope if he can continue his resurgence. He is a temperamental sort at times but looked to have been settled down by the addition of cheek-pieces on his last outing, producing a much-improved performance to win by 15 lengths.
On that evidence, he looks extremely well-in here under a penalty, especially with William Marshall claiming 7 lb, and it will be disappointing if he can’t mount a bold follow-up bid.
Casual Cavalier recorded his second win of last season in a handicap chase over C&D back in March, jumping soundly and putting the race to bed in clear-cut style, and he remained in good form when fourth at this track next time out.
The 11-year-old was stretched by the extra two furlongs that day, but he is back to his optimum trip here and remains one to be positive about now making his debut for a new yard, with the majority of his rivals having something to prove at present.
Ciao was a fairly useful performer on the Flat prior to her recent stint over hurdles and could be worth chancing on her return the all-weather – a surface she had a positive profile on during her earlier career.
She comes into this 1 lb lower than when recording her last win over C&D and looks primed for a good run.
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