Casablanca Mix has looked an improved performer this season, winning all three of her starts over fences this season, though she didn’t have to match the form of her Summer Plate win when winning a listed event at Aintree by 15 lengths last time.
That was her first run for five months, and she didn’t travel with her usual fluency, but the softer ground and lack of a recent run are excuses on that front. The likely better ground will suit her here and, though last year’s winner poses a real threat, Casablanca Mix makes plenty of appeal.
Sometimes Always has shaped with plenty of encouragement on both of his starts to date, and the form of each is working out well. He very much caught the eye on his hurdling debut at Ascot last month, offering loads to work on, still having plenty to do three out but making good progress after, and not at all knocked about in the closing stages.
There should be significant improvement in him now, and he will go very close in what doesn’t look as strong of a race.
Twin Star was a useful performer on the Flat and has shaped well on both starts over hurdles so far. He ran only to a similar level as on his debut when finishing third at Huntingdon earlier this month, but he showed improvement in his jumping, and remains with potential in this sphere.
Based on his Flat form, the handicapper may have taken a chance by allotting him an opening mark of 113, and he is well worth chancing now entering handicaps.