Hiconic proved herself over hurdles when winning a similarly modest race to this in pretty good style at Newton Abbot on Tuesday but she has a penalty to shoulder now and perhaps the answer might be SOLDIER ON PARADE, who was the best of these on the Flat.
Do You Know What made a perfectly respectable chase debut when fourth at Wincanton in October but is 4lb higher here and preference is for Irish point winner COURT JURADO, who ran well in defeat over hurdles on his latest outing and looks an interesting recruit to chasing.
Dancing In The Sky and De Barley Basket are others to consider.
Dan Skelton’s mare ETAMINE DU COCHET was unable to land a significant blow in two slow-ground novice chases in February/March but this low-grade handicap on good ground looks much more suitable for her, and she has become very well treated on her hurdle form.
She gets the nod but Game In The Park will be feared if strong in the betting before his debut for Ben Pauling. Going Mobile made a pleasing chase debut in March but needs to prove he’s effective on today’s much faster ground.
Not a lot has gone right for SOLDIER OF LOVE during his brief chasing career, but he was holding every chance when coming down at Kempton in March. Granted better luck this time, he can prove too good for Stop The World.
Mercian Prince returns with a lot to prove after last season’s disappointments in both disciplines and the suggestion is GALILEO SILVER, whose Wincanton fifth was respectable and he should prefer this drier ground. Del Duque could be the danger.
A competitive handicap that may go to ELYSEES, who isn’t badly handicapped and confirmed his wellbeing with a recent win on the Flat.
Moabit should appreciate this return to hurdling and is potentially as well treated as anything. Phoenician Star could be a lively one at lengthier odds.
All six runners have been absent for at least seven months, but MIDDLEBROW has gone well when fresh before and is back on his last winning mark.
Regulation will be dangerous off his current mark if able to replicate the form he showed when making all in his first two chases last spring, but he has an unusual profile and has never been one to rely upon heavily. Damut I’m Out was a C&D winner last year and is also considered.
Fergal O’Brien’s six-year-old ROBYNDZONE (NAP) was a pretty convincing winner at Huntingdon in January and, after only two chase starts, might well have further improvement to come.
He makes by far the most appeal in this low-grade chase. Game Line is a possible danger if back on song after his break, while Christian Williams’ other runner Perpignan may yet get his act together under rules.
The two mares at the top of the race card both won two novice hurdles last year and now make their handicap debuts.
YEAVERING BELLE has more depth to her form than Parody and gets the vote. Meanwhile, Coillte Eile, Henry’s Joy and King Cool all lurk on attractive marks.
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