Peat Moss is preferred of the three with hurdling experience, but some of the newcomers are interesting, notably NAIZAGAI and Fraterculus. The selection’s Flat form has that bit more substance to it and he’s joined an excellent yard to go jumping with the in-form Fergal O’Brien.
Having finished a good third after a break at Bangor on his hurdles debut FINISK RIVER looks the one to beat here despite dropping back slightly in trip. Dont Go Gentle and Now Children look his main threats
This looks anyone’s but a chance is taken on WHATEVA NEXT, who looked in need of further when keeping on into fourth over 2m 5f here 12 days ago. This track should suit front-runner Speedy Cargo and he’s feared most, though The Cattlejobber would be interesting if at all strong in the market.
Given his connections, Dogon will be a popular choice with punters but his recent Southwell win ended a disappointing sequence and he needs to back it up under his penalty. FORT DE L’OCEAN also has a penalty to shoulder for his recent course and distance success, but he appeals as the type to keep on progressing and is taken to follow up. Lough Kent may give him most to do.
A tight handicap chase. It was a good novice event in which NO HIDDEN CHARGES finished second four weeks ago and this talented hurdler should go on to better things in this discipline. Captain Buck’s is the danger after winning with a bit up his sleeve at Stratford, though Seddon should strip fitter for his belated return to action, Paseo is getting lots of weight and Shantaluze is entitled to win more races.
Stop the World will surely pop up in a race of this nature one day, but he’s tested the patience too often and a chance is taken on DEE STAR. He has run well on his two previous visits here and, still only a seven-year-old, there could be more to come from him.
Although GLAN Y GORS (nap) is a maiden over hurdles, the majority of his defeats were in Ireland and he returns to this scene on the back of a good run of form on the Flat. He’s preferred to The Twisler and The Steward.
The in-form TALKINGPICTURESTV is well in with her penalty and can complete a hat-trick with Little Millie and the unexposed Holme Abbey likely to prove her main threats.
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