Paul Nicholls’ runner Barbados Buck’s is open to significant improvement, but last season’s bumper form wasn’t anything to go wild about, and cheekpieces are applied for today’s hurdle debut. The Bull McCabe comes here after a good second at Newton Abbot last month and On Call has strong claims if judged on the best of his Irish form. But, NUMITOR (nap) was fifth in a good-quality Kempton novice on his hurdle debut in March and gets the vote.
After holding his own in some very competitive handicap chases last season, MY WAY has a good opportunity to collect a belated first career win here. That said, Peachey made a very promising hurdling debut in a race that has worked out well and could be dangerous if ready to roll after his 693-day absence
Crocodile Dundee returned to form with a convincing win at Fontwell last week and is not opposed with any confidence, but slight preference is for PROJECT MARS – who scored off a 5lb lower mark on his second of three runs for Fergal O’Brien. Dual bumper winner A Book Of Intrigue is back on decent ground for today’s handicap debut and also looks interesting.
Authorizo has been reasonably consistent in handicaps this season and is sure to appreciate today’s drop in grade, but DARIYA is penalised for only one of her two wins in September and looks the most obvious answer.
Francky Du Berlais doesn’t have a convincing record over fences, but he returned to form and won a competitive handicap hurdle on last month’s seasonal debut and is only 1lb higher here. He warrants respect, but TEMPLEHILLS gets the nod in the hope he can stage a revival on his first start since rejoining Nigel Twiston-Davies.
The nine-year-old didn’t fire during a spell for Jonjo O’Neill last season, but comes here fresh and is very well handicapped now. Everlanes took well to chasing last season and is next on the list, ahead of Denmead.
A trappy handicap. POGO I AM is a course and distance winner who was up against it with her penalty at Warwick last time and she may make a successful handicap debut. Diamond Gait is feared most on a drop in grade for her.
As competitive as the numbers suggest. BLUE N YELLOW appeals as a winner waiting to happen over fences and this track and trip should suit him. Bobmahley is one of the few open to any improvement.
There should be a big run in LADY RESET. A decent dual Flat winner now tackling her first handicap over hurdles, and she showed promise initially before proper soft ground found her out at Bangor. Say Nothing rates a solid alternative.
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