There’s no great depth to this and former useful Flat stayer CELESTIAL FORCE can make it 2-3 over hurdles. He jumps well, won’t be inconvenienced by what the weather does and this longer trip should also work in his favour. Let The Heirs Walk is next best despite his double penalty, though both Thais Toir, Aquila Sky and winning pointer Lifeisahighway ought to be capable of better.
An open handicap may go to KNIGHT COMMANDER, who was unlucky not to be better than fourth at Uttoxeter last time. Deputy Jones is next best on her return from wind surgery and Project Mars should also be on the scene.
Oscars Moonshine is likely to prove popular on his handicap debut with his stable flying but there should be a good run in YEATS MARDY, who made a promising start for her new yard at Huntingdon. The extra couple of furlongs here promise to suit.
Darlac could be the answer with a clear round but three falls in his last six starts sounds the alarm bells. Diomede Des Mottes should go close but SALTY BOY (nap) accrued a good bit of chasing experience in Ireland and he can win races for the excellent David Bridgwater.
A competitive little handicap in which most of the runners will fancy their chances. STORM HOME edges preference, as he appeared to get this longer trip fine at Newton Abbot and this might be a tad easier than that race. Conversely, Neville’s Cross goes up in class but he does look progressive.
If she did need the run at Warwick (which appeared the case) then the well-treated NIGHTFLY may provide the answer to a tight-knit handicap. Oscar Rose rates a solid alternative and Dame Du Soir also enters the equation.
There might be a big run in MRSGREY, who is a stone lower in the ratings than when placed at Ludlow last year and her reappearance effort wasn’t as bad as it appears at first glance. Northern Princess is next best, ahead of Airgead Suas.
It’s hard to get away from BENSON, who was running the race of his life when unseating two out in Listed company at Sandown on his penultimate run and that form is head and shoulders above what any of his rivals have achieved. Courtland is next best, for all that it wasn’t a strong bumper he won at Newton Abbot.
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