Pitcher’s Point has a good US pedigree and cost $800,000 as a yearling, so he made plenty of appeal on paper before his debut at Newcastle this month. He was only able to finish third but he showed promise, shaping as if the experience would do him good, and he could be a different proposition with that run under his belt.
The form Pitcher’s Point displayed to finish third at Newcastle is the best on offer, but it is the obvious potential to achieve much more which makes him stand out as the one to beat here.
Point winner Robyndzone failed to score over hurdles but he produced a promising performance when third on his debut over fences at Taunton last month, suggesting that he may be capable of striking in this sphere.
The modest pace would not have suited Robyndzone at Taunton last time as he is a thorough stayer, but he could yet do better granted a stiffer test, while his jumping may be slicker now he can call on the benefit of that experience.
Trainer Fergal O’Brien’s string continue in good form and Robyndzone could give the yard another winner.
Twycross Warrior showed some encouragement on his reappearance at Hereford in November and improved on that as anticipated when finishing runner-up at Warwick this month. He was only beaten by a neck at Warwick and did well to get so close having conceded first run to the winner and been short of room on the home turn when making headway.
He closed all the way to the line and should be well suited by this step up in trip, while he is developing a likeable profile and can be relied upon to give his running.