Temper Trap showed little other than greenness in his first three starts but ran well at a big price on his handicap debut at Thirsk on Monday, coming from a long way back and staying on well for second, bumping into one better than the level on the day but pulling a length-and-a-quarter clear of the remainder of the field.
He is far less exposed than the majority of the horses he faces here, and also races from 8 lb lower than all bar one in the field due to his age. He rates the pick of the bunch on the evidence of his latest effort and a repeat should see him very difficult to beat.
Kupa River has struggled on artificial surfaces since the turn of the year but, back on turf, he returned to the form that saw him win over this course and distance last year when runner-up at Thirsk on his first run since the resumption of racing last month, keeping on well but just finding one who’d had the benefit of a run too good.
Plenty of Roger Fell’s horses have come on for their first outing this term and Kupa River looks to be on a handy mark if doing likewise.
Low Profile ran credibly in a couple of better races than this last term, and he can be forgiven his reappearance run when eleventh at Newcastle last month. He probably needed it after nine months off and also hardly did himself any favours when blowing the start.
He is back down in trip here and has his usual cheekpieces reapplied, and with a reappearance run under his belt, he could be worth chancing at an enticing price.
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