Brotherly Company was generally disappointing last season for Joanne Foster, never really reaching the form he’d shown over hurdles in 2018 as he was switched from fences to hurdles and back again. He has since joined the Sandy Thomson yard, which represents a trainer uplift, and due to his poor last season, he is potentially well handicapped starting out for his new stable. There isn’t an awful lot in terms of opposition in this field based on bare form, and Thomson’s new recruit looks to have a good chance on the pick of his form.
Only two in this field have had the benefit of a run since the resumption of racing, Clever As A Fox and Beeno, and it is the former that looks worth concentrating on here.
Dr Richard Newland’s charge opened his hurling account at the first time of asking at Worcester last summer, and though he struggled to reach a similar level of form throughout the remainder of the campaign, he got back on the up on his reappearance at Uttoxeter earlier this month, going well when produced to lead two out and running on to win by just under two lengths.
He is up 7 lb for that win, and with the Newland yard seemingly well forward post-lockdown, he had a good chance of following up if turning up in the same mood.
Lake Baikal showed ability over hurdles here in 2019, hitting the frame three times in his four runs at this venue, and he was given a considerate introduction to chasing when eighth at Wincanton in October, never in the hunt but not given anything like a hard race at the same time. Neil Mulholland’s yard are in good form at the minute, sending out three winners last week, and it is highly likely that there is plenty more to come from his lightly-raced six-year-old.
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