SOLDIER ON PARADE is the percentage call after showing an aptitude for hurdling when second at Bangor recently.
Dutch Admiral and Prince Percy’s Flat ability suggests they should be more than capable of making their presence felt in a race like this if taking to their new discipline.
Not a deep race and potentially a good opening for COULONCES. She was a fairly useful stayer on the level in France and is bred for this game having joined a good yard.
Break The Rules has a fair chance if backing up her Southwell win under a penalty, while Bit On The Side should have a future in this sphere if brushing up her jumping.
Low-grade fare with WISECRACKER making most appeal. His attitude seems to have improved and he followed up his November Hereford success with a good effort at Stratford when in front of plenty of these 19 days ago.
Little Stevie is feared most, though market support for Inca Gold would be interesting.
BRANDON CASTLE wasn’t seeing his races out last season, but there were more promising signs when fourth in a C&D Class 2 on his return and he’s selected to build on that by resuming winning ways at this slightly lower level.
Siannes Star wasn’t far behind him last time and should be thereabouts, while cheekpieces could help Fubar focus a bit better and he’s also respected at the foot of the weights.
Ready preference is for BALLYHOME who returned with a stylish chase win here, but is just as adept over hurdles and can secure another victory at a track where he is becoming something of a specialist.
In-form duo Mason Jar and Jacks Last Hope are sure to make their presence felt too in a competitive handicap.
ARTHUR’S SIXPENCE looks the way to go here after proving his form and fitness with a recent Uttoxeter win where he also showed the benefit of a wind op.
Lough Har has the potential to play a part, but has to shrug aside an underwhelming effort when last on the track six months ago. Meanwhile Chanceanotherfive also has his fitness to prove after a break.
BLACK ANTHEM resumed winning ways back over the larger obstacles here last week, never stronger than at the finish. He gets the vote to follow up, with the jockey’s claim negating most of the 7lb penalty.
The Boola Bee is feared most if ready to roll after a six-month break, while Net Love’s chasing debut was ended prematurely through no fault of her own so she may feature.
Preference in this open looking contest is for GRIS DE PRON, for whom the soft ground wouldn’t have been ideal at Sedgefield last time. Unless significant rain arrives ahead of post time, conditions here will be far more suitable and he’s on a workable mark.
With Harbour Force far from certain to reproduce the form of his recent Perth success, Akkapenko and Evita du Mesnil rate the main dangers.
Though she has merely hinted at ability so far, SAMBELLA may well be capable of a good deal better now upped in trip for this handicap debut, and on better ground than she’s previously encountered.
The fact that her yard is in such good form augurs well, too. It Can Be Done and Talkingpicturestv both merit respect, but Kendelu has slipped to a potentially handy mark and he is feared most.
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