Perth winner Alpha Carinae has clearly taken well to hurdling and may well follow up, but she has to concede 6lb to AGGY WITH IT, who should be suited by today’s extra yardage and gets the vote. Bourbon Beauty has a chance if making a smooth transition to jumping obstacles.
A run-of-the-mill maiden can go to the well-bred COPPERLESS, who made a perfectly satisfactory start over hurdles at Perth and may not have to improve much on that form to prevail. Nicky Henderson’s Stratford bumper winner Hooper is clear second best.
Flashing Glance and Midnights’ Gift arrive in good form and are respected. Palladium is worth forgiving his run in the Fred Winter and there’s every chance he’ll resume his progression on his return to action but it might be worth taking a chance on DREAM BERRY. This is the first time this 9yo has dropped to a Class 3 over hurdles since winning here in February 2017 and he has a good record fresh so there are reasons to be optimistic.
All four of these should be winning races over fences this season. Le Patriote already has chasing experience and ought to step up on his run in Grade 2 company last winter, but PIC D’ORHY is a young horse with stacks of potential as a chaser and looks the likeliest to come out on top. Notre Pari is also unexposed and would be interesting if the market spoke in his favour.
The up-and-coming runner here is undoubtedly RED RISK (nap), and while good ground is an unknown he still looks the one to be on after a 9lb rise for a demolition job at Ludlow in February. Luckofthedraw will be well at home under these conditions and seems the likeliest to capitalise if the selection fails to give his running, while Beggar’s Wishes will be a danger to all if ready to do himself justice after an absence.
This is tricky. Going Mobile should be well served by moving up in distance and ought to be thereabouts, while Torquay and Hurricane Vic are others with place claims. But the imposing WAHWONAISA could have been let in lightly off a mark of 80 on his chasing debut and gets the vote in the hope that he’s ready to roll after a long absence.
Four of these contested a similar event at Huntingdon last month, but on the whole today’s newcomers make more appeal on paper. Top of the list is HEAR ME OUT, who represents the stable that won the Huntingdon race with Arthur’s Seat and has a pedigree with a suitable mixture of speed and stamina. Kiss My Face is interesting on breeding too, while a market move for Countess Reach, Elysees Dream or Mon Ray would be notable.
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