Book of Invasions hit the line strongly when making a successful start in this sphere at Huntingdon 13 days ago, and he looks sure to improve and win more races. This looks a deeper event but he should have too much for these under a penalty. Greenness and a bad mistake at the last cost Namib Dancer from making a winning hurdling debut at Wincanton, so he’s one to note, as is High Change, who should have learnt plenty from his initial outing over timber.
The Big Bite and Who Dares Wins are very interesting now making their chasing debuts, but experience can count for plenty in these events, and THOMAS DARBY is sure to improve from his first spin in this sphere at Wincanton last time. A smart novice hurdler last season, he shaped with plenty of promise, no shame at all in losing out to a useful sort, conceding experience, race sharpness and track position to that rival around a speed-favouring course. That experience won’t be lost on him and he should prove hard to beat.
Culture De Sivola returned with a good third at Uttoxeter last month and looks to hold sound claims back at the scene of her handicap win last Christmas. Annie Mc has to give weight away but she did little but progress last season and may provide the chief threat ahead of Printing Dollars.
Timoteo was badly hampered at Stratford on his return from eight months off and remains with potential in this sphere having won both his starts over fences with ease last season. Doctor Dex and What’s Occurring immediately reached another level when making a winning debut in this sphere and head the dangers in a competitive race of its type.
Sandy Boy probably would’ve won had he kept a straight line at Exeter and, with the fitting of blinkers a good move on that evidence, he is taken to gain compensation here. Next on the list is I’d Better Go Now, who looked a different proposition when making a winning reappearance at Wincanton and probably has more to offer. Pontresina, Fontley House and Cracker Jack are others to consider.
Flashing Glance was bang there when a bad error four out effectively put him out of the race at Ascot last time and might be worth chancing as he looks fairly treated on the form he showed when fourth in a listed handicap at Market Rasen in September off 3 lb higher. Storm Rising was still in a narrow lead when falling at Cheltenham last time, while Story of Friends is very much the unexposed one.