French Flat winner Sans Logique will take some beating if she copes with this discipline while Mukhtoon is an interesting debutant.
Two of these have shown an aptitude for hurdling and that experience might count, with preference for HISTORIC HEART.
Either of the Jamie Snowden-trained pair could prove troublesome, but MARINE ONE won in some style at Market Rasen and can follow up.
Jamie Snowden has a live chance with Timoshenko, but GALILEO SILVER did enough at Bangor last month to suggest this could be his opportunity.
There are possibilities about a few of these, but the pair at the head of the handicap have strong claims.
Cheltenam de Vaige is on a roll, but BROTHERLY COMPANY can defy the 12lb rise for his decisive Southwell win.
The trio that won last time all make some appeal, with the pick of them being Lastofthecosmics.
It may pay to side with BLUESKYANDSUNSHINE on his handicap debut in the hope that this longer trip enables him to take a major step forward.
Arthur’s Sixpence is the obvious starting point and he will prove very difficult to catch if showing last week’s form.
However, he faces two serious contenders in Kitty’s Light and the consistent OSCAR ROSE, who is given the vote.
Not much has been seen of Grade 1 winner ALL YOURS over hurdles in recent years, but he was placed off a mark 6lb higher than today’s last summer and was in excellent form on the all-weather in autumn/winter.
He won’t mind if the ground turns soft here and could go very well if last month’s reappearance run in a competitive race has done him good.
Handicap debutante Joie De Vivre took a step forward on his latest hurdle start and is feared most.
The forecast rain can play to the strengths of ACHILL ROAD BOY (NAP), who ran very well over C&D on his only previous visit to Sedgefield and returns here on a workable mark.
He gets the vote ahead of Go Hard Or Go Home, who opened his account at Hereford in March and is still quite lightly raced.
West To Crossgales may not be favoured by rain-softened ground but his good second at Uttoxeter this month earns him a mention.
Flexi Furlough held her own against males at Market Rasen last month and ought to go well here, but Brian Hughes is a good booking for newcomer MISTY MANI -who is from a family with which Peter Niven has done very well.
Sazerak might well be capable of better than she showed on her debut in December and is next on the list.
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