Amy Murphy’s CALIDUS MIRABILIS was a disappointing odds-on favourite on the last of his three hurdle starts in Ireland for Joseph O’Brien, but the soft ground may not have suited that day and the form of his earlier Ballinrobe second makes him the one to beat here.
Market Rasen runner-up Prince Percy is feared most, but a good run from Brown Eyed Girl wouldn’t surprise.
There are hopes for Princess Midnight and Easy Bucks now they go chasing, but CAPTAIN SPEAKING (NAP) looked one to follow at a modest level when winning at Uttoxeter and he can follow up despite the 12lb higher mark. Enforcement can also figure.
Harry Whittington’s four-year-old BLACK ABBEY was reportedly unsuited by Fakenham when disappointing on his handicap hurdle debut in March and gets the vote here in the hope he can transfer last winter’s soft-ground maiden form to this quicker surface.
Triple Flat winner Cherry Cola was placed on her hurdling debut and is second choice.
Jamacho has made excellent progress this summer and now bids for his fifth win in a row, while Uttoxeter winner Get Back Get Back didn’t run badly on his latest outing and is not yet fully exposed over hurdles.
However, the suggestion is FOREIGN SECRETARY, who finished just behind Get Back Get Back on last month’s stable debut at Market Rasen.
But, he was returning from a five-month break there and might have benefited from that outing.
Several of these warrant consideration in what looks a competitive race for the grade. Top of the list is HIDDEN DEPTHS, who was in very good form on fast ground on the Flat in July and might have preferred a stronger overall pace when placed on last month’s handicap hurdle debut.
Skylanna Breeze has a point to prove after flopping on his latest outing but looked good when winning two starts ago and is second choice.
Glendun, Etat Major Aulmes and Sweeping Rock are just some of the others with possibilities.
Nothing went right for Jaytrack Parkhomes at Newton Abbot recently, but the return to shorter is very much in his favour and he can fare better here.
KIRUNA PEAK is going the right way over fences though and, providing this race doesn’t come too soon after her Wednesday win, she has a good chance of making further progress as a chaser.
I’dliketheoption looks best of the remainder.
The Trampolinist must be considered after her winning debut at Uttoxeter, but point winner KENYAN COWBOY looks an interesting recruit for Neil King and might be the answer.
On My Command showed ability on soft ground for a different stable last winter and may also feature, while newcomer Overrated Passtime makes appeal on paper.
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