Benny’s Secret showed the benefit of his reappearance with a smooth success over C&D last time, always doing enough after being produced to lead on the run-in, ultimately winning by two lengths with a bit in hand.
That form sets the standard on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings here, even with a 7 lb higher mark taken into account, and Nick Alexander’s charge may yet have even more to offer after only five starts over fences, identifying him as the clear one to beat in his follow-up bid.
A fairly useful performer on the Flat for Jessica Harrington, Building Bridges justified strong support as he made the perfect start over hurdles at Huntingdon last month, defying some sloppy leaps along the way to win in decisive fashion.
That initial experience over obstacles is sure to bring him on again, especially in the jumping department, and this looks a good opportunity for him to double his tally for Stuart Edmunds, who has his team in good heart at present with 70% of his horses running to form.
Cousin Oscar could be worth a small each-way bet in an open heat to kick off proceedings at Musselburgh on Monday.
Admittedly, the seven-year-old has been below his best in two starts so far this season, but the handicapper is slowly beginning to give him some respite.
He is now 2lb lower than when finishing second at this venue in March and the blinkers that have been left off in the intervening period are back on, which offers further encouragement that a better effort could be on the cards.
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