Feuille De Chene had an excuse when well beaten on her handicap debut and remains unexposed, while Avoid De Master makes his handicap debut with his new stable enjoying an excellent spell. However, DON JUAN DU GOUET won over course and distance in good style for Henry Daly just under a year ago and is selected to strike on his first start for Nigel Twiston-Davies. Fubar, Dante’s View and Espalion also make appeal in a competitive race.
Kim Bailey’s four-year-old SHINOBI was a very convincing winner on last month’s hurdle debut and has a good chance to follow up here. Runswick Bay was very disappointing in his second bumper, but his winning debut makes him of significant interest. Northern Poet is also a likely contender.
A tough race to work out, but maybe it will pay to concentrate on the two Philip Hobbs-trained runners in the field. Keep Moving might have won this race last season but for falling at the second last and has sound claims again.
However, he is 7lb higher this year and preference is for stablemate POINTED AND SHARP. He has shown little in two runs this season, but he’s well handicapped on last year’s form and could bounce back after a 51-day break on ground he likes. Ga Law is best of the rest.
Who What When seemed to be getting her act together over hurdles when second at Fontwell last month. If her useful bumper form is a guide, she has plenty of scope to build on that performance.
However, MISSTREE SONG (NAP) was keeping on strongly in a clear lead before her last-flight fall at Newton Abbot. She gets the nod in this one.
Course and distance winner BOSSINEY BAY returns here in good form and ought to make his presence felt in this contest. Isosceles made a pleasing stable debut last month and will be dangerous if a subsequent wind op proves successful. Eyeofthescorpion was beaten under his penalty at Sedgefield yesterday, albeit finishing second to an odds-on shot.
Oliver Greenall’s six-year-old CAWTHORNE has a poor completion record over the last year and his recent Market Rasen win came at the main expense of a 16-race maiden. However, the front pair drew nicely clear in that race and he has the potential for further improvement. Alfie’s Angel has a basement Flat mark nowadays, but ran very well on his recent handicap hurdle debut and is next on the list.
Experience over fences could prove key in this novice handicap chase and IRISH PROPHECY might be able to make that count. The Emma Lavelle-trained gelding ran well in the face of a stiff task on his first start over this sort of trip at Newton Abbot last time.
He is open to improvement at staying distances in first-time cheekpieces. El Presente has more to offer over fences and rates the biggest danger ahead of Stop The World and chasing debutant Larkbarrow Lad.
This might turn out to be a useful bumper. There are several promising newcomers in the line-up and it’s worth taking a chance on GLORY AND HONOUR making a successful debut under rules.
The Tom Lacey-trained runner was dominant in a British point in February (subsequently disqualified) over 2m 4f and should be at home over shorter on this stiff track. Salley Gardens is another exciting debutant who should go well, while Wait For The Lord might prove best of those who have run.
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