Hasanabad was a smart performer on the Flat reaching a rating in the high 90s and he translated some of that ability to the National Hunt game when easily landing his hurdles debut at Southwell earlier in the month. He has a 6lb penalty for that but looked like he would improve a lot for the experience and, in a race that lacks depth, he can make it two from two today.
Scardura made a promising start to his chase career when second to Longhouse Sale at Stratford, who has gone on to frank the form winning twice since in useful races. Scardura then went to Perth, where he was a warm order in a novice handicap, and he was unlucky to unseat at the first flight, just pecking slightly on landing causing his jockey to come off.
His trainer Neil Mullholland has found another good opportunity for him to get off the mark here, in a weak race where he looks by far the least exposed, and I’m hoping he can make amends for that early unseat last time.
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