A half-brother to bumper winner and fairly useful hurdler Darling Maltaix, as well as cross-country chase winner Conte Maltaix, Fortunate Fred made appeal on pedigree on his debut over this course and distance in January, and duly showed plenty to work on. Held up throughout much of the race, Fortunate Fred crept closer out wide on the back straight before staying on gamely in the final furlong to grab third late on.
This looks a decidedly easier bumper for Jamie Snowden’s gelding, and a reproduction of his debut effort should be enough to see him open his account.
Isolate was a fairly useful maiden on the Flat for Martyn Meade, and showed plenty of ability on his hurdling debut at Doncaster in February, having his first run since making the switch to Alan King’s yard.
The winner that day set a fairly useful standard and, despite King’s inmate never really landing a blow, he did pull well clear of the remainder, which included subsequent winner Proton. He is entitled to do better with his hurdling debut now under his belt and is in good hands going forward, so he is a confident selection to get off the mark in this sphere.
Overworkdunderpaid saw his mark slip down to double figures due to his loss of form, but he finally stopped the slide when back over hurdles at Wetherby last time, benefitting from both a drop in grade and more positive tactics when beaten only by a well-in winner. He remains potentially well handicapped on the basis of that performance and could be worth chancing here at a potentially enticing price.