With the benefit of plenty of experience, CALIDUS MIRABILIS is taken to give his in-form stable yet another winner. Support for one of the newcomers would be significant, though, with Sefton Warrior appealing the most of them.
Last-time-out winners Mine’s A Pint and ABSOLUTE JAFFA (nap) are the obvious places to start, and the vote goes to the latter, who has thrived since being switched to chasing and can make another bold bid from the front. The biggest danger could be Mistercobar, who looks to be gradually running into form.
The percentage call is LEROY LEROY, who has taken well to jumping, but he may not have things all his own way, with the hurdling debutants Songo and especially Ajero dangerous if taking well to the new discipline.
It’s an understatement to say this line-up lacks regular winners, and punters are faced with an interesting puzzle. Doctor Haze wasn’t beaten far last time and should be thereabouts again, while Snowbird could improve plenty on the form of her chasing debut. But perhaps this could be the day SILENT ENCORE finally gets off the mark under what should be ideal conditions. The fly in the ointment could be Pirate Sam, for whom a market move would be significant.
None of these are convincing. DOLLNAMIX is better handicapped than most and could be the answer if anywhere close to his best on this first run back. If the ground remains good or quicker then Jetstream would be second choice.
Unlucky not to have gone very close on her latest start, THE DISTANT LADY can make amends despite another hike in the weights. Regarding Ruth is interesting given that she ran her best race last season in the autumn after a break. Fricka has to prove her stamina but is relatively lightly raced and has already shown a liking for this course. None of the others can be ruled out with confidence.
Not the easiest of getting-out stakes with 16 runners and no form to go on. Keith Dalgleish has a fine record in bumpers and his Champs Elysees gelding ARTHUR’S SEAT makes the most appeal on paper, but Stitched is a fascinating runner too. Left Unattended and Homegrownalligator complete the shortlist for a race for which, needless to say, the market should prove informative.
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