Richard Newland’s stable tend to do very well with new recruits, so hopes will be high that Emma Lamb can make a winning debut for her new trainer. The five-year-old sets the standard in this contest after showing fair form under Jedd O’Keeffe, and can get off the mark here under Sam Twiston-Davies.
Maxed Out King made a dream start to his chasing career, winning three of his first four starts, but was sidelined at the end of 2017. After 22 months off he was well held on his reappearance in October, but proved he retains ability when sixth at this track earlier this month. He should strip fitter for his two outings this season and is on a tempting mark if able to recapture his best form.
Late Date probably needed the run when third on reappearance and bounced back to form when winning over course and distance last time out. He made most of the running, jumped well in the main and looks fairly treated off a 5 lb higher mark. Micky Hammond’s charge already has three wins to his name at this track and can be relied upon to give his running here.
Induno built on his promising debut second in a Warwick bumper when going one better at Ffos Las on return last month, and he can continue his good work now switched to hurdles.
David Pipe’s five-year-old won readily to break his maiden and has a likable way of going about things. Presentandcounting is unraced under Rules but won impressively in an Irish point at the start of the year and is an expensive recruit for Donald McCain’s in-form stable, so also commands respect.
Rose Sea Has has failed to reach the heights he hit in France since moving to Richard Newland’s stable, but a drop back to two miles and the fitting of a hood may be enough to warrant one more chance. He contested a Grade 2 event on his first appearance in Britain, so is clearly highly regarded by connections, and it is likely that this yard will find the key to him sooner rather than later.
Paricolor took advantage of his three-year-old allowance to score by nine lengths at Fakenham recently and is taken to build on that here. He can defy a 7lb penalty and register back-to-back successes.
David Pipe’s gelding showed fair form on the Flat in France and is still lightly-raced over hurdles so looks open to further improvement for a top yard. Millie The Minx won twice over course and distance last winter and was back to her best when second here last time out, so also merits plenty of respect.
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