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A winner of three of his four starts in bumpers last term – his only defeat coming in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham – Ask A Honey Bee made obvious appeal ahead of his hurdle debut at Wetherby last month, and he duly made a winning start to life over obstacles, working hard to hold off the runner-up, the pair pulling clear of the remainder. He is sure to improve and holds obvious claims under a penalty.
A fair performer in both bumpers and over hurdles, Steady Away showed improved form making his handicap debut at Market Rasen last time, and is arguably capable of even better than he showed on that occasion, shaping well behind a promising rival, only to be undone by late errors. That was back in February, but he is clearly one to be interested in provided he is ready to roll.
Soaring Glory had comfortably beaten Bravemansgame on the latter’s bumper debut last year, and despite being unable to reverse that form when the two met again at Chepstow last month, Paul Nicholls’s charge did sufficiently narrow the deficit, just caught near the finish. That is the best form on offer in this race and Bravemansgame is difficult to oppose with further improvement anticipated.
Greaneteen made a fine start to his chasing career last term, winning his first three starts over fences in impressive fashion and looking very much a graded performer in the making. He was well fancied in the Grand Annual on the back of his hat-trick of victories – sent off 5/1 second favourite at the Festival – but he wasn’t seen to best effect under a change of tactics on that occasion, doing well to hit the frame under the circumstances. He is a high-class prospect and is of plenty of interest on his reappearance.
Enrilo made up into a useful hurdler last term, his notable victories including the Winter Novices’ hurdle at Sandown, and he looks the type to make an even better chaser, shaping well on his debut over fences last month, travelling like the best horse in the race but just getting collared by The Mighty Don late on. He is better off at the weights with that rival this time around and is very much fancied to reverse the form.
Killer Clown improved run to run over hurdles last term and, having undergone a breathing operation, made a quick switch to fences for his handicap debut at Uttoxeter last month. Things didn’t go to plan on that occasion, hampered and unseated at the second flight, but he certainly looks the part for chasing – winner on his sole start in points – and remains of interest.
A winner in Irish points, Airgead Suas has hit the frame in each of her three races under Rules, including when a good staying-on fourth at Hereford last time. She has shaped like a stayer on both outings this term, so this step up in trip should show her to better advantage, and she looks well worth considering off an unchanged mark.
A fairly useful performer on the Flat, Lady Reset made her handicap hurdle debut at Stratford last month, and she stepped up on the form she had previously shown over obstacles, edged out only near the finish. She shaped as if there could be more to come, too, her form on the level certainly suggesting that could be the case, so she is a confident selection to open her account in this sphere.
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