There are plenty of question marks over the majority of this field, but KIRUNA PEAK arrives here in red-hot form and is the clear one to beat.
It took her a couple of runs to get to grips with life over fences, but a positive ride from the front showed her to good advantage as she opened her account in this sphere at Southwell last month.
She then showed further improvement to follow up at Kelso recently, again racing towards the head of the action before asserting between the final two flights.
She is clearly thriving at present and looks well placed to complete the hat-trick under a penalty.
GOLDEN POET hinted at a revival back over fences when sixth at Newton Abbot on his return to action in July.
He duly proved that to be the case when running his best race since joining Keiran Burke’s yard at the same venue last time, just unlucky to bump into such a progressive rival.
A strong early gallop resulted in a time that compared well with the novice run over the same trip earlier on the card, so it is definitely a piece of form worth taking a positive view of, particularly as Golden Poet travelled strongly for most of the contest.
He has a good chance on the pick of his form and is taken to go one better.
SIXTIES SECRET has a decent record at this track, winning the opening juvenile hurdle at this meeting two seasons ago, and running to form in each of her four subsequent visits.
She ended last season with some fair efforts in handicaps, hitting the frame in four of her last five runs, and Sheena West’s yard is certainly capable of readying one, so the absence shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Her mark has gradually slipped to what now appeals as a handy one, and she could be set for a good run on her return to action.
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