I’m To Blame won twice in bumpers, three times over hurdles and has been presented with an excellent opportunity to get off the mark over fences. He has shaped nicely since being sent chasing, finishing runner-up on both occasions, and he remains open to improvement in this sphere.
His jumping was not foot-perfect at Newcastle last time but he had impressed in that department at Carlisle and he should prove difficult to peg back. Irish Roe was a useful hurdler and ran right up to her best when runner-up at Doncaster last time, so she is considered the main threat on her chasing debut.
Griggy has been revitalised since joining Sean Curran and arrives here in search of a hat-trick having followed up a comfortable win at Chelmsford with another smooth success at Lingfield.
He did well to win a minor event at Lingfield last time as he was forced wide on the home turn, but he made good headway in the straight to hit the front inside the final half-furlong and score with a bit in hand.
He steps back into handicap company on a fair-looking mark and, clearly in excellent form, he should prove difficult to beat with Adam Kirby in the saddle again.
Plenty of these have a question to answer, but Eagle Ridge arrives on the back of two promising effort over fences and might be able to get off the mark. He was third over this course and distance on his chasing debut, beaten a shade more than two lengths, and then shaped better than the bare result when upped in trip to three miles.
He looked a big player when moving sweetly into contention here last time, but his stamina seemed to ebb away, and he faded to finish fourth. That encouraging effort suggested he is up to winning a handicap when granted a more suitable test, and he should appreciate this drop in trip.
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