Chasing didn’t work out for Khage but he ran much better when he returned to hurdles last time here over a longer trip. The return to two miles here appears to be a positive for his chances, as he is 3-5 over hurdles at this trip when standing up and the only horses to beat him at this trip are the useful Umbrigado and Dr Sanderson. His jumping might have sharpened up after his last run also and I could see him getting out in the lead early and putting it up to the short-priced favourite.
Dear Power is sure to be a short price for this novice race, considering she beat a couple of nice horse on debut and then was a flying a bit high on her next start in a Group 3, but she may be slightly vulnerable conceding 6lbs to Macho Touch.
Macho Time was disappointing on her debut at Newcastle when the run was said to be badly needed, but she stepped forward massively for that run when 5th in a decent Listed event at York over five furlongs. Her breeding suggests the step up to 6f might be in favour and if she is ready to go after an absence of nine months, she can put it up to the favourite.
Paddy is paying 5 places here and Moscowsowhat might represent a little each-way value in a competitive handicap for the grade. Beaten 4 lengths in a point to point by the now 140 rated Walk Away, he didn’t show much in his first three hurdles starts until a cracking effort over just short of two and a half miles at Limerick last November.
Only beaten a head that day, the winner, fifth and sixth have all won against since. He was a bit disappointing the last twice but there is surely a race in him off a mark of 102 and he could easily hit the frame at a price for underrated trainer James Dullea.