In-form runners are in the minority, but CONDARCIA shaped nicely on her reappearance and this looks a fair opportunity for her to get off the mark.
Wise Coco is running well and looks the obvious second choice, while Whoa Black Betty could still be unexposed.
An intriguing mares’ novice hurdle in which punters have to make the choice between proven ability and potential.
The likeable Proper Ticket should make a bold bid for a hat-trick but has to concede weight to some promising rivals.
Unbeaten Alpha Carinae is much respected, however SHE’S A ROCCA did not get a fair crack of the whip on her hurdling debut and is just preferred. Global Harmony and Thats The Truth are others to consider.
This looks wide open. Top weight Lucky Robin is solid and bids to enhance a 100% record at Perth, but a chance is taken that things finally click into place for VINO’S CHOICE.
The selection is still a maiden over jumps, but his last two efforts have been among his best and he looks ready to strike.
Last year’s first and second Mighty Thunder and Justatenner have possibilities again but both are higher in the weights this time around.
Western Rules retains plenty of enthusiasm and, with fitness on his side, he should be involved once more.
But the unexposed one is I’D BETTER GO NOW (NAP), who was thriving when last seen in March and could stay ahead of the handicapper for some time yet.
A good handicap, featuring the return of La Bague Au Roi. She has a very good record on reappearance and would take a bit of stopping from a mark in the high-140s if able to recapture her Grade 1-winning form of a couple of seasons back.
However, preference is for JARVEYS PLATE who underlined his own capabilities when fresh when readily accounting for a next-time-out Grade 2 winner on his chase debut last autumn.
He failed to reproduce that subsequently, but the excellent form of the Fergal O’Brien yard this season provides hope that he can get his career back on track now.
The likeable Bafana Blue is another who could have a say.
Pammi is a Perth regular but she has more on her plate than normal. King D’argent is very well handicapped, while Market Rasen scorer Florrie Boy promises to remain competitive and could be suited by dropping back to 2m 4f.
However, the lightly raced GENERATION GAP is narrowly preferred for Jonjo O’Neill, who is 2-5 at Perth this season.
JP McManus looks to hold a strong hand courtesy of LAKE BAIKAL and Joly Maker.
The former’s latest Southwell second has been boosted by the winner since and he can gain a second course success of the season with the step back up to 2m 4f a possible help if anything. Clondaw Storm is quite interesting on his first run for Nigel Twiston-Davies, particularly if backed.
Ground conditions are likely to be a fair bit quicker than Blue Monday encountered when scoring twice last winter, but he’s still respected for his in-form stable. Anti Cool staged a revival yesterday.
Top weight NYE BEVAN could be unexposed, and it would be no surprise at all were he to take off after his break, especially as his trainer regularly targets this meeting.
Harbour Force, who had only six days off before his latest start, may return to his reappearance form and provide the chief danger but plenty of the others are also of some interest.
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