Those Tiger Feet had shown ability in bumpers, winning on debut at Hereford, and he improved upon his efforts in novice and maiden hurdles when switched to handicap company here last month. The step-up in trip suited as he was briefly outpaced on the turn for home but he kept on powerfully up the straight to overhaul a well-treated, in-form opponent. Based on how strongly he finished last time this further step up in trip ought to lead to further improvement, and he rates a confident selection to follow up off what is still a decent mark.
Espoir de Guye, a winner over hurdles in France, shaped as if badly needing the run on his British debut at Hereford last year, but got back on track when a good second at Warwick in March on his first start after undergoing a breathing operation. He caught the eye on his chasing debut at Chepstow last month, finishing strongly to grab second and split a couple of subsequent winners, and there ought to be plenty more to come from the unexposed five-year-old. This step-up in trip looks sure to suit, while trainer Venetia Williams has her string in good form, so Espoir de Guye has a lot in his favour.
Lord Getaway arrives here in good form over fences, with a runner-up finish at Ludlow last month the pick of his recent performances. James Evans’ charge has built a solid record since returning to chasing this year and he should be well suited by this marathon trip. There is still room for improvement as far as his jumping is concerned, but he is clearly in good heart, is a strong stayer and can be relied upon to go well at a decent price.