In a modest race it’s hard to get away from ISAAC WONDER, whose recent chase victory at Southwell reads very well in this company. Donald McCain is having winners and his Away At Dawn could be best of the rest, ahead of Lady Reset.
Useful Flat-racers Grey Spirit and Blakeney Point should both be capable of better than they showed on their hurdling debuts but the standard is set by CHESTNUT PETE, who stayed on for a very respectable fifth in a useful Cheltenham maiden in October and is in much calmer waters here. Empty Quarter showed promise in bumpers and also gets a mention.
The 4yo Whiskey And Water posted a good effort in defeat over hurdles recently and now attempts to capitalise upon a weight-for-age allowance on his chasing debut but preference is for LANTIERN, who didn’t quite see out a strongly run 2m5f on his debut over fences at Stratford but still ran well there and now drops back in trip. Havana Hermano and Illuminated Beauty are others to consider.
Dan Skelton’s MABELA ran as though in need of the race at Market Rasen and she’s off a similar mark to when she won at Taunton last season. Dariya is second choice after running respectably on her return to hurdling, though there’s reason to believe Absolute Jaffa might also go well.
Tony Carroll’s BLACK BUBLE has to be of interest with a run under his belt and sent back up in trip. He gets the nod ahead of Hattaab and Field Exhibition, who are feared in that order of preference.
Dan Skelton’s 9yo BANDSMAN (nap) suffered an agonising defeat in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter 23 days ago but, with today’s shorter trip in his favour, can gain compensation off a 2lb higher mark here. Padleyourowncanoe also ran well in that race and is feared most but Potterman is much better than he showed at Market Rasen last time and can also feature.
Talented Flat-racers Financial Conduct and Roar are both unexposed over hurdles, while Chantecler is well handicapped if new trainer Nicky Henderson has him back in peak form. However, keen-goer FOR PLEASURE put on a pretty brutal display of front-running when a wide-margin winner at Stratford last week and is taken to complete a quick double under a penalty here.
If turned out again after another good effort at Market Rasen on Monday then WISECRACKER might be the one to be with, for all that he’s unproven over this far. He has been seeing his races out well over shorter and, behind a well-treated winner the other day, he was nicely clear of the rest. Damut I’m Out is second choice, in the hope that he needed his recent outing here.
This is probably best left to MISSTREE SONG, who showed distinct promise in her first two bumpers before not giving her running in Listed company the last time, since when she’s undergone a wind operation. Lady Bowes has the next best piece of form but that was on soft ground on a stiffer track and the danger could be Emmarelli, who is well related and her trainer has done well with the few runners he’s had in bumpers the last few seasons.
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