Mille Sussurri showed plenty to work on when third on debut in a Ffos Las bumper this time last year, and he showed a good aptitude for hurdling on his first attempt over obstacles in March, not knocked about as he finished third at Exeter. He ran to a broadly similar level when going one better at Taunton later the same month, just lacking the gears for the two mile trip, but this step up in trip ought to prove right up his street, and there are reasons to believe he has been afforded a somewhat lenient opening mark. A big run looks to be on the cards on his handicap debut.
On the up over hurdles towards the end of last season, running out a commanding winner at Carlisle before finishing runner-up at Market Rasen on his final appearance, Jurys Out would have at least matched the pick of his form over the smaller obstacles had he completed on his chase debut at Hereford last November, two lengths down and without the rider having gone for everything when unseating three out. He disappointed at the same venue subsequently, but he is still unexposed in this sphere, and a performance similar to his first over fences should see him go very close.
Metier was a useful performer on the Flat in Ireland for Andrew Slattery, and he is very much one to note now taking up hurdling for the powerful Harry Fry stable. There isn’t too much appeal in his current price however, and from an each-way point of view, it could be worth siding with Oneupmanship.
Oneupmanship has shown fair form in bumpers, including when third to a good prospect at Wincanton in March, not quite able to quicken but not knocked about, either. He is bred to need time and distance and appeals as the type to make a good jumper, and at the current prices, he looks a solid each-way option.
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