A winner in both Flat and National Hunt disciplines, Kaizer went close to opening his account for the season when narrowly beaten on the level at Musselburgh in August, never quite able to get to the winner but pulling nicely clear of the remainder. He wasn’t disgraced from 1 lb out of the handicap on his return to hurdling here last month, and he makes plenty of appeal from a reduced mark. The booking of Brian Hughes is also a positive.
Temple Man hasn’t been seen on the racecourse since December, but he did prove better than ever to score over this course and distance for the second time on that occasion. He is up 6 lb for that win but he is still lightly raced and is clearly suited by the demands of this track. He is expected to go well on his return.
Damiens Dilemma regained the winning thread at this venue last October, gaining his reward for a good spell and proving himself on very testing ground. He then belied big odds to make a successful reappearance at Hexham last month, outbattling a well-fancied runner-up. A 3 lb rise for that win seems fair and another big effort is expected.
Linelee King made an encouraging start to life in bumpers last season, finishing second on debut before going one better at Sedgefield next time out, overcoming a poor track position to get the better of a previous winner. He was well held in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March, lacking the experience to make any impact, but he’s an athletic sort, is clearly well regarded, and appeals as the type to do well over hurdles.
Cracking Destiny proved himself better than ever as he regained the winning thread at Perth last time, travelling typically strongly and jumping fluently before quickening clear on the home turn. He is a likeable type and should go well again back down in trip.
An Irish point winner who got off the mark under Rules at the second attempt at Market Rasen in November, Dundrum Wood didn’t really kick on after that victory, for all that he was handed a stiff-looking opening mark. He appeals as very much the type to make a better chaser however, so he is taken to make his debut over fences a winning one.
Moon King was a useful performer on the Flat for Ralph Beckett, winning at Haydock on his seasonal reappearance before running with credit in the Ascot Stakes. He is a very interesting recruit to the hurdling ranks and is taken to make a winning start for Charlie Longsdon.
Cilluirid showed much improved form to finish second on his reappearance at Hexham last month, going with enthusiasm and almost catching out an improving winner, pulling nicely clear of the remainder. He is up 6 lb for that effort but a similar performance should see him difficult to beat nevertheless.
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