WHISKEY LULLABY shaped with promise when making her Rules debut in a bumper at Newbury in February, staying on well after running green to take second. She’ll be suited by the stiffer test here on hurdling debut, and her experience when previously second in an Irish point will stand her in good stead for the Paul Nicholls yard that continues in top form (14 wins in the last 14 days).
DO YOUR JOB built on his earlier promise to get off the mark over hurdles at Ffos Las recently, asserting in the final 100 yards to win by three lengths with plenty in hand. The opposition this time features a couple of interesting newcomers, but he remains open to more improvement and is fancied to defy a penalty to follow up.
BEAT BOX ran well when third on his chasing debut at Hexham earlier this month, matching the pick of the form he showed over hurdles at the first attempt in this sphere. Still only a four-year-old, he gets a handy weight allowance from his older rivals here and should be able to make it count with further progress on the cards.
JOIE DE VIVRE shaped as if ahead of her mark when second on her handicap debut at Sedgefield in August, doing well to be beaten less than five lengths after racing wide throughout. The race may have come too soon when below form at the same venue eight days later, so she is well worth another chance to resume her progress from 1 lb lower in the weights.
GENERAL BUX has dropped to a fair mark judged on the pick of his form, now 6 lb lower than when winning at Chepstow in April 2019. Admittedly, he was on the sidelines for 18 months after that success, but his return at Huntingdon should have blown the cobwebs away, putting him spot on for what looks a weak heat on paper.
ESPOIR MORIVIERE was consistent last season and eked out a bit more improvement to get off the mark on his final start at Wetherby. He was well on top at the finish and remains potentially well treated from only 4 lb higher, with his seven-month absence unlikely to be an issue in a race where most of his rivals arrive out of sorts.
A LARGE ONE PLEASE shaped encouragingly when third on his bumper debut at Chepstow last December, putting in some good late work after being left with too much to do. That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, so he looks sure to take plenty of beating on his reappearance/stable debut, especially when you factor in his scope for further progress.
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