There is an interesting newcomer in the shape of Killer Kane here, who cost a whopping £300,000 after winning his sole start in Irish points. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the market, but it will be hard to beat a peak-form DANNY KIRWAN, who sets a good standard on his second to Angels Breath in the Supreme Trial in 2018. He clearly hasn’t been the easiest to train since, but represents an in-form yard and is entitled to go well.
Paul Nicholls has his team in cracking form this autumn so SAMETEGAL, who posted solid efforts in defeat last season, gets the nod to make a winning return to action now stepping into veterans’ company. Course and distance winner Minellacelebration is only 1lb higher than when bagging a nice prize at Uttoxeter in July and heads the dangers along with Vieux Lion Rouge, who has a good record fresh.
ITCHY FEET was let down by his jumping when one of the market leaders for the Marsh at the Cheltenham Festival, but he’d coped well with the demands of Sandown’s fences when winning the Scilly Isles and his opening mark looks a fair one for a Grade 1 winner. He can stamp his class on this field, and is preferred to Midnight Shadow, who was runner-up to the selection at Sandown and is 5lb better off now.
This looks a cracking novice handicap. DIOMEDE DES MOTTES shaped well on his chasing debut at Bangor on reappearance, jumping okay and not unduly punished in the closing stages. He is entitled to build on that, and is fancied to come out on top, but there are a host of possible dangers, headed by Colin Tizzard’s Ofalltheginjoints, whose pointing background suggests he should take to fences.
JOBSONFIRE improved out of all recognition since switched to handicaps last season, winning all three starts with a fair bit in hand, and surging through the handicap as a result. He is now 29lb higher in the weights than when his winning run started, and has an eight-month absence to overcome, but he should have even more to offer this term. Yes No Maybe So has been in fine form since the restart and is another to consider.
Plenty worthy of consideration, but STRONG GLANCE returned with an excellent third in an up-to-scratch listed handicap at Market Rasen a month ago, and sure to improve for the return to this trip, he could be the answer. Clever As A Fox arrives here on the up and is feared with a top conditional rider taking over, while Monte Cristo should have more to offer this term.
WINDSWEPT GIRL drew clear in the style of a potentially smart mare at Taunton 7 months ago and should have enough to defy a penalty with fitness no great concern given her stable. Fellow debut winner Hunny Moon could pose the main threat, while Feralkat appeals as a notable Rules newcomer having been picked up for £90,000 since her success in a point.
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