Bridle Loanan was well supported on his handicap debut here last time and didn’t disappoint his supporters, making most when running out a convincing winner by eight lengths. He has been given a ten pound rise by the handicapper but the manner of that victory suggests he is well up to winning again off a mark of 111.
His trainer, Gary Moore, had a treble at Fontwell on Sunday, so the yard are in decent form and I’ll be disappointed if Bridle Loanan doesn’t follow up here.
Lady Kyria last won last March over two miles at Newcastle off a mark of 100, when ridden by Tommy Dowson and returns to Newcastle for the first time since and has the exact same rating and jockey booked now. Since that win, she has been disappointing over hurdles but there was signs of life last time at Catterick when she wasn’t beaten too far when staying on into third.
I think she will improve on that run here and Philip Kirby had two winners at the weekend which is also a positive for her chances.
Belfast Banter was a winner of a bumper in the UK for Dan Skelton prior to switching to Peter Fahey during the summer. He made his hurdles debut in a competitive maiden hurdle at Navan and was second behind the very useful Captain Guinness. Captain Guinness is currently a 16/1 shot for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham, so running second to him, beaten seven lengths was a very fair effort.
On Belfast Banter’s second hurdles start at Cork, he was four lengths clear and travelling powerfully, when he tipped up a the second last hurdle. Providing that fall hasn’t dented his confidence, he should take make amends for that fall here and he could be one to keep in mind if tried in a decent handicap hurdle later in the season.