Condarcia showed improved form on her second start for Nicky Richards’s yard when second at Sedgefield three weeks ago. She jumped a lot better than on previous occasions and ultimately found only a handicap blot too good. She pulled a long way clear of the remainder and is worth chancing to build on that and get off the mark for her new stable at the third time of asking.
Pour Me A Drink looks to have the credentials to do well over hurdles – out of a half-sister to a useful jumper – so he must be of interest here on his National Hunt debut. He is having his first run since joining Keith Dalgleish’s stable and can put up a bold showing if reaching the fairly useful level he has shown on the Flat. Artistic Language made a promising start to life in this sphere with a good second at Wetherby last month and looks the biggest threat.
Mah Mate Bob was well backed at Hexham last month and duly obliged, showing further improvement to beat a subsequent winner and follow up his Sedgefield victory. A 3 lb rise for that success looks more than fair and he should make a bold bid for the hat-trick here under the stewardship of 3 lb claimer Jonathon Bewley.
Bhutan returned to form somewhat out of the blue when making a successful return at Ludlow last month. He is up 5 lb for that victory but that looks a manageable rise, and a repeat performance should be good enough to land this contest. Last year’s winner Too Many Chiefs looks to be on a favourable mark if able to recapture the form he showed 12 months ago, while Katy Royal has gone well following a break previously so could bounce back after a disappointing end to last term.
Decor Irlandais made it two from two over hurdles when landing the odds at Cartmel in July and has put in some excellent efforts in handicap company on his two outings since. He is stepped back down in trip here and will take some stopping now returned to novice company.
Maxed Out King bounced back to form to capitalise on a reduced mark when winning at Sedgefield three weeks ago and remains with handicapping scope based on his old form. A 4 lb rise for his commanding victory last time out seems fair and he is taken to follow up in a weak race.
This isn’t as competitive as the numbers suggest, so it could be worthwhile chancing Keith Dalgleish’s newcomer Blueskyandsunshine. The Fame And Glory gelding is bred to do well in this sphere – related to a bumper winner – and could make a winning start to life under Rules for a yard well capable of getting one ready.
Minella Beauty finished runner-up on his last start in points and is also of some interest, while Cockney Beau looks the pick of those with previous Rules form.