In an open-looking contest it may be worth chancing CILLIAN’S WELL, who took a step back in the right direction at Newton Abbot last time. He is 4 lb lower now and his sole previous visit here resulted in a wide-margin C&D success in October 2018. Wisecracker was travelling well when exiting 3 out at Fontwell and he is feared most ahead of Beautiful Ben and Dragon Khan.
CLASSIC ESCAPE ran strictly below his hurdles form when third on chase debut at Market Rasen last month. However, he’s in excellent hands and, refitted with cheekpieces, it would come as no surprise to see an improved showing now. Master Card, on return to action, Mrs Miggins and Day of Roses head up the dangers in that order.
GO CHIQUE takes on a couple of last-time-out scorers in Seaton Carew and Emmarelli, but her brother Christmas In April managed to win on debut in a bumper for Nicky Henderson so it would come as no surprise were she up to the task.
Those with experience don’t set the bar too high so it could be worth siding with THUNDER KING, a fair recent winner on the level, to make a winning start over hurdles and continue the fine form of Amy Murphy. Ex-French winner Ranco is another newcomer who is well worth considering on his debut for David Pipe, while Fraterculus and Billy The Squid appeal as the pick of those with form.
PROPER TICKET showed improved form to get off the mark on her handicap debut at Kelso when last seen 5 months ago, more dominant than the winning margin of 2 lengths suggested. She’s sure to improve and gets the vote to maintain her unbeaten record in handicaps. Hotter Than Hell is feared most after a promising handicap bow 7 months ago, ahead of Break The Rules.
UNEXPECTED PARTY is Flat bred but he ticks plenty of the right boxes on paper and can make a successful hurdling debut for Dan Skelton. Hasanabad, a useful winner on the Flat, seems likely to pose the main threat, while Our Rodney is clear pick of those with hurdling experience.
LEROY LEROY has made a positive start to his hurdling career and might not need to improve on his recent C&D second to get off the mark at the third time of asking in this discipline. Divine Gift shaped well in third that day, so he could get a bit closer to the selection, while hurdling-newcomers Ladykiller and Staithes also warrant a mention.
DAMUT I’M OUT had an excuse for his poor run last time and can bounce straight back to form returned to hurdles, while Airton is well handicapped so could also play a part if the refitting of a tongue trap helps to spark a revival.
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