The Last Bar missed both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 season, but was a fair handicap hurdler prior to that and looks to have been given a decent chance by the handicapper ahead of her belated chase debut. She has been persisted with by Dan Skelton, which may be an indication as to her ability, and she could well be worth chancing on her return.
Cracking Destiny proved himself better than ever for Alistair Whillans’s stable last term, posting a win either side of a pair of runner-up finished at Musselburgh. He was well held making his Flat bow at Newcastle last month, but should come on plenty for the run, and with his fitness assured, a bold showing looks to be on the cards.
The Greater Good won on his point debut back in April 2019, putting 25 lengths between himself and the rest of the field, and, on the back of a wind operation, he makes obvious appeal making his Rules debut for the powerful Paul Nicholls yard.
Zamoyski went the wrong way on the Flat last season, and though he continued to run below form when fifth over timber at this venue on his final appearance in November, his record when fresh is a good one, and this could be as good a time as any to catch him. He can race from 6 lb lower than his last winning mark here and holds definite claims in a weak race.
Enemy Coast Ahead made a successful debut in very good style in a Stratford bumper back in March 2019, and, nine months on, made an encouraging start over hurdles, headed before the last but keeping on well in the run-in. That is a good platform on which to build and he looks sure to improve now under the tutelage of Olly Murphy.
A useful performer on the Flat in France, Ashutor made the most of a good opportunity to open his hurdles account in a Catterick maiden in February. He was well held on his first Flat run since 2018 when shaping like a non-stayer over the extreme distance at Royal Ascot earlier this month, but that should have at least served as a pipe-opener, and his connections look to have identified a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways here.
Peter The Mayo Man continued to underachieve when a well-beaten sixth at Musselburgh on his final appearance in January, but he clearly has ability, as demonstrated when a dual-winner over fences during his 2017/18 campaign. The break may have done him some good and he is potentially well treated now, so would not be one to quickly dismiss.
Carntop confirmed his return to form when opening his hurdle account over this course and distance last July, and he advertised his well being when tenth in a Royal Ascot handicap 15 days ago, his first run since undergoing a wind operation. He travelled better than most on that occasion, and with his fitness assured, he rates a major player on his return to hurdling.
Jasmin Des Bordes was a good second in an Exeter bumper on his Rules debut and has shown some promise over hurdles since. He is still lightly-raced and has a good chance here on the pick of his form, particularly if his recent wind operation has done the trick.
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