Captain Moirette showed fairly useful form over hurdles, winning twice last season, including at this course, but he is an imposing sort and is very much the type to prove even better as a chaser. He had plenty to do and caught the eye when finishing fourth on his chase debut at Uttoxeter, and he ought to prove a different proposition with that run under his belt.
Trainer Sue Smith has yet to have a winner this season, but plenty of the yard’s runners have performed well, and Captain Moirette can end the barren run, with this step up in trip unlikely to prove a problem.
Winning Irish pointer Takingitallin struck twice over hurdles during the summer and was far from disgraced on her reappearance at Bangor. She was operating under a double penalty in that mares’ novice event and showed she was in good heart by finishing a respectable runner-up.
She reverts to handicap company and looks to be on a fair mark, while the step up in trip is expected to suit. Theo Gillard takes a handy 8 lb off her back and she rates a solid option in this conditional jockeys’ handicap. The Drone shaped like he would be better for the run when third over fences at Fakenham last time and he is a danger.
Pulsating took a step back in the right direction when finishing a respectable eighth over this course and distance earlier this month. She was not beaten far and the form of that race is working out well, so she may be capable of building on that encouraging effort.
Gavin Cromwell’s mare is hard to ignore given how how well treated she has become, and it’s worth noting she won twice here last year around the same time. She has a favourable draw and gets the nod over Loaded, who was runner-up in the race Pulsating contested last time and followed up by scoring here on Wednesday.