This looks trappy for a three-runner affair, but LA CHANTEUSE shaped well on her hurdling debut at Navan last time, playing up beforehand (was reluctant to go down to post and also at the start), though left the impression she has more to offer in this sphere. This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, and she ought to go close granted a clear round.
This looks an easy race to asses, with FIRST FLOW a standout on form and very hard to oppose. He won a similar event at Doncaster last time by 25 lengths and it is very hard to oppose him on these terms.
LUCKY FLIGHT bumped into an unusual one for the grade on handicap debut at Musselburgh last time, one who was revitalised by a wind operation, and having been eased 2 lb in the weights since, he holds every chance of going one better. Captain Blackpearl and Henri Le Bon are open to progress and head the opposition.
LE ROCHER hasn’t won for over two years, but he has shaped well on both starts so far this season, proving his stamina for this trip when third at Sandown last time. That was a good-looking race, with the winner running creditably at the Cheltenham Festival, and Le Rocher’s handicap mark looks workable on the pick of his form, so he is expected to resume winning ways.
The handicapper hasn’t taken much of a chance with COOL COUNTRY‘s opening mark on the face of it, but he was such an eye-catcher here last month that he could well be up to defying it with improvement surely forthcoming. Longtimesincejaspr will be a player if coming on for her first run for Julia Brooke after 11 months off at Ayr. Crack du Ninian is another potential improver.
JUST A PAR was fortunate to win at Doncaster last time but he’d still have beaten the remainder by a distance had he not been left in front, so he’s worth a chance to go in again. Ultragold can take a hand if he shows some sign of life and Sir Jack Yeats could go well if he’s fully tuned up after 10 months off.