It was never in much doubt when KNIGHT COMMANDER (nap) won so convincingly at Hereford, and he was unlucky not finish ahead of Airton at Uttoxeter on his previous start. He can defy a penalty, perhaps at the expense of Jetstream if he can rediscover his summer form.
The weaker division. To Fly Free is one of the more likely winners, though going up 4lb for finishing 3l behind the winner on her handicap debut seems a bit mean. A chance is taken on CASPERS COURT, who showed some initial promise over hurdles and, following wind surgery, getting back on drier ground could help matters.
After clearly failing to stay 2m5f last time Sovereign Duke commands considerable respect as this good Flat horse had run an encouraging first race over hurdles. However, on this stiff course, he could get outstayed by SHANTOU EXPRESS. The selection had smart bumper form, and he’s going the same way over hurdles.
They were Class 5s that OSCARS MOONSHINE and Talktomenow won last time out, but they’re still the most interesting runners by far in this Class 3 affair. Preference is for last week’s Hereford winner, who was backed to do the business and didn’t disappoint.
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Sizing At Midnight has impressed in winning his last two but he has to concede a lot of weight to the 4yo KITTY’S LIGHT, who is on something of a roll. Also, expect better from Winter Getaway.
This can go to ZOFFEE. He has the benefit of his age allowance and a recent run under his belt, which was a good one at that on his chase debut. Seven De Baune can finish second
Rococo River looks dangerous on the promise he showed at Bangor two starts ago but FRESH NEW DAWN gets the verdict in the hope that he can put in a clear round and live up to the encouraging signs he has shown over fences. Twasn’t The Plan and Who Shot Jr are others with good runs in them but these conditions raise some questions regarding Troed Y Melin.
Elusive Polly appeals most of the newcomers but PEAKED TOO SOON fared the best of the three with experience at Huntingdon, and he should have no trouble confirming those placings. Related to stayers on the Flat, this stiffer track is unlikely to faze him.
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