15:40: Java Point – NAP
An Irish point winner at the beginning of last year, JAVA POINT made a fair start to life in bumpers, showing promise on his debut but failing to improve on that next time out. He ran to a similar level on his hurdling debut at Ludlow in January, somewhat unlucky to bump into one as good as he did in fact, the winner going in again subsequently before finishing fifth in the Supreme Novice’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Java Point improved again at Newbury the following month, though he was unable to get close to the winner, who also went on to run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (finishing third). Java Point remains with the potential for better still, particularly now stepped up in trip, and he is taken to make a successful handicap debut.
16:15: Methusalar – NEXT BEST
METHUSALAR has bags of stamina in his pedigree, so it was encouraging that he shaped so well over two miles at Warwick on his debut earlier this month, rallying well to finish fourth. The race was run at a steady pace, resulting in a dash for the line and rendering the contest very muddling, but Methusalar must emerge with plenty of credit for hitting the frame in a race that was certainly not run to suit. A stronger gallop would show him to much better effect, and he is the clear one to beat should this become a test.
15:05: Spice War – EACH-WAY
There aren’t too many in this field who have actually achieved all that much, so it could pay to side with SPICE WAR, who is the youngest horse in the field and may yet do better.
A dual winner on the Flat last year, Spice War has again been in good form on the level this summer, including when hitting the frame at Chepstow in August. He looked as though still in good heart when reverted to hurdles at Fontwell last time, finishing fifth in a 15-runner contest despite being struck into. He is still lightly raced in this sphere and could go well at a big price.
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