Eceparti won his sole start over fences in France when trained by Guillaume Macaire and, though he was disappointing on his first season in Britain for this yard over hurdles, he has proved a different prospect all together back over fences this term.
He was easy to back on his return from eight months off at Chepstow last month, but that didn’t stop him winning, in command between the last two fences and just kept up to his work on the run-in. Eceparti didn’t need to improve to follow up seven days later having been well placed by his trainer, but again did everything comfortably.
A revised mark now (11 lb higher) makes life harder, but he should have more to offer as a chaser and remains one to keep on the right side.
This doesn’t look a strong maiden hurdle by any means, with only several having form good enough to get involved, and this looks a good opportunity for Northofthewall to open his account over hurdles.
He is yet to finish out of the first three in a trio of starts this season, putting up one of his best efforts when finishing runner-up at Bangor last month. This race doesn’t look as strong and, while Northofthewall doesn’t seem to be progressing, the level of form his has achieved is in advance of his rivals here.
Truckers Cailin was a winner in Irish points and had seemingly been brought along with handicaps in mind under rules. She looked a promising stayer (albeit at a lowly level) when opening her account in a handicap chase at Ffos Las last month, justifying strong support in the process.
The handicapper has reacted by raising her 7 lb in the weights, and she is now in a stronger race, but there could be more to come from her and she will continue to make appeal.
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