Ex-French Fulgurix is interesting on his British debut, but BLACKFINCH has good claims on his form at around this trip last winter and the chances are that he ran into a smart one when turned over at Ffos Las recently. Ulverston is open to improvement, but he will need plenty of it to beat the selection if that one runs up to his best.
A few of these have potential over hurdles, but none more so than the unbeaten bumper winner GET IN THE QUEUE, who made such a big impression two winters ago and could go a long way over hurdles. The Cob was rather leaden legged when last seen in March, but he had better form previously and may be the biggest threat, Peachey having had an unfortunate early mishap on his recent return from an absence.
An interesting mares’ maiden hurdle in which YAUTHYM is taken to build on a couple of promising runs in juvenile events last winter. Panic Attack has a big reputation and is much respected after a satisfactory start over hurdles at Huntingdon, while White Hart Lady will be dangerous if taking smoothly to obstacles.
Not many of these are open to improvement but an exception is CRACK DU NINIAN (NAP), who made an encouraging handicap debut at Carlisle and can build on that sufficiently to put up a bold show. Another with potential is Milreu Has, while Commander Miller is one of very few with recent worthwhile form and could make the frame again.
Can You Call and Mozzaro have respectable bumper form, but rules debutant FISHKHOV looks a likely type and he’ll be all the more interesting if the market speaks in his favour. The betting should help to sort out the pecking order of the newcomers, who are headed by Landen Calling on paper.
A mouth-watering prospect with a host of promising young chasers in opposition. Gumball was the best of them over hurdles, but will need to jump better than on his course and distance chasing debut.
King Roland exudes class and is an exciting recruit to fences, while Cheddleton and Ubetya, representing smaller stables, should not be underestimated. Marginal preference is for BOLD PLAN, whose future looks rosy judged on what he showed over hurdles.
The Venetia Williams stable has shown encouraging signs in recent days and Arqalina is very tempting, but with a run under her belt it may be worth siding with BLACK TULIP to finally get off the mark over fences. Ballybough Nora may still be unexposed and should be involved in the finish too.
The handicap chase at Bangor a month ago won by the progressive Vocaliser could be a key piece of form. City Never Sleeps was third despite blundering at the last and should be thereabouts again, but CHATELIER (a length behind him that day) had previously finished a good fourth over this C&D and gets the nod. Go Hard Or Go Home revels in the mud and comes into the reckoning on his clear-cut Hereford success.
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