Paper Promise was successful twice in bumpers and opened her hurdles account at the third time of asking with a determined victory over this course and distance in March. She wasn’t disgraced on her handicap debut at Kelso last month and ran to a similar level at this venue shortly after. She should be at the peak of her fitness following her two outings this season and her mark is an appealing one.
The Wolf opened his account at Fakenham in October on his debut for Olly Murphy, making all and jumping well to win with plenty in hand. He disappointed on his handicap debut at Bangor but produced his best effort yet when second at Newbury last time, leaving the distinct impression that there is a bigger performance in the locker. He is still unexposed and, with this step up in trip expected to suit, he makes plenty of appeal now returning to novice company.
Glittering Love made little impact over hurdles, but the four-time point winner has proven a different proposition over fences, winning all four of the handicaps he contested last term. He fell a long way from home at this course on his reappearance last month, ending his winning run, but he remains with potential and is worth a chance to resume his progress and gain a fifth success over fences.
Endlessly was given a considerate introduction to hurdling after a nine-month break when fifth at Plumpton before duly leaving that form behind when getting off the mark with a bit to spare at Ayr earlier this month. That run was much more in keeping with his Flat form and, if taking another step forward, he should be capable of defying a penalty to gain back-to-back victories.
Dunly made no impact over hurdles last term but has proven a different proposition altogether over fences this season. He opened his chase account at the second time of asking at Ayr before defying an 8 lb rise to run out a nine-length winner over this course and distance last week. He will go on improving in this sphere and holds obvious claims under a further penalty.
Oscar Maguire has improved markedly since being stepped up in trip, confirming the promise of a good third at Market Rasen when finding plenty at Uttoxeter to run out a ready 12-length winner. He progressed again when narrowly denied at the same venue last month and another bold showing is expected here as he bids to make it two wins in his last three starts.
Ladronne seemed unsuited by the sharp track at Fakenham when fourth on his handicap debut earlier this month, but should be seen in a much better light around here. His opening mark looked a generous one and, with further progress anticipated, he is expected to improve on his previous hurdle form and take advantage of a much more suitable test.