A fair winner over hurdles, Bbold showed a good aptitude for chasing when runner-up on his debut over fences at Market Rasen back in February, and he improved on that effort to finish fourth at the same venue on his reappearance last month.
He possibly needed that run more than expected on that occasion, as he showed much improved form with that run behind him, getting off the mark over the larger obstacles in good style at this course last time, winning with a bit in hand. He is up 10lb for that win but remains open to further progress, especially under similar conditions, so he is a confident choice to follow up.
A winner in both bumper and hurdle spheres, Monty’s Award has reached a fairly useful level over fences so far, and, after a fall in his final outing prior to the enforced break in March, he returned better than ever when coming up a neck short to an unexposed sort at Bangor on his reappearance last month.
He is up 4 lb for that effort, but the winner has gone in again since, so the form is solid, and he should take plenty of beating as he bids to go one better.
Memphis Bell showed little in her first four starts over hurdles, but each of those was on heavy ground, and, switched to handicaps after five months off, she showed much more than she previously had when fifth at Southwell last time, finishing with running left under a considerate ride.
She remains open to further improvement and should have more to offer in this sphere, so is an interesting contender, particularly with the going likely to be good (good to firm in places).
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