This is not a strong contest and it looks an excellent opportunity for Kid Commando to get off the mark over hurdles at the first time of asking. Kid Commando was a wide-margin winner on his bumper debut at Fontwell, winning with plenty in hand and looking like an exciting prospect. He has been beaten twice since, but those efforts were in strong bumpers at Ascot, and he should prove too good for these rivals.
Mister Murchan is progressing steadily and ran his best race yet at Ascot last time, finishing runner-up, seemingly relishing the testing conditions. It’s likely he would have gone closer had he not been hampered on the home turn, and he looks well treated off just a 2 lb higher mark. He gets the verdict over Benevolentdictator, who showed a bit more promise last time and is interesting on his handicap debut.
Christmas In April has improved for the switch to chasing and followed up a win at Fontwell with victory in the Sussex National here last time. He showed bundles of stamina on that occasion and jumped well in the main, and those traits will stand him in good stead here. He remains relatively unexposed as a staying chaser and should have more to offer, so a 6 lb higher mark should not pose a problem.
Rarest Diamond had been placed on three of her four starts in points, but she didn’t show much on her debut under Rules at Ffos Las. However, she took a big step forward at Exeter last time, finishing a close-up third, and that was much more encouraging performance. The form of her Exeter effort is the best on offer and she could be difficult to beat if progressing again as anticipated.
Tzar de l’Elfe had shaped with promise on his reappearance here in November and built on that last time, running right up to his best to get off the mark over fences. He prevailed despite making mistakes, so a cleaner round would obviously help his chance, and he is not badly handicapped from a 3 lb higher mark now pitched into veterans’ company.
Ede’Iffs Elton showed some promise in novice hurdles and took a step forward here on his handicap debut, finishing second to a well-backed rival over course and distance. Ede’Iffs Elton is able to race off the same mark here, and he remains open to further progress after only four starts. His trainer Robert Walford is in excellent form, which offers further encouragement.
- 13:40 – KID COMMANDO
- 14:10 – MISTER MURCHAN
- 14:40 – CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
- 15:10 – RAREST DIAMOND
- 15:40 – TZAR de l’ELFE
- 16:10 – EDE’IFFS ELTON