The best prospect is MIDNIGHT CALLISTO, who was Listed-placed in bumpers and has a pedigree that suggests she should have a very bright future over hurdles. Spring Run ran surprisingly well on her hurdling debut and could be the main danger.
Linelee King faces no easy task conceding 7lb to BLAME THE GAME (NAP), whose third at Fontwell looks all the better now after the runner-up won at Ascot on Saturday. A brother to smart chaser Spiritofthegames, the selection should have a bright future.
Not a prolific bunch by any means and Hidden Cargo is testing the patience after again finding one too good here last time. Aughnacurra King can go well, but a chance is taken that after her break WITCHES GLEN can replicate the form of her close fourth here just over a year ago. Unlike some of these, she won’t mind softening ground.
With the Skelton yard flying a chance is taken that LANGER DAN can leave behind his Chepstow form, which in any case came in a strong race. He was as consistent as they come last season. Buckhorn George is feared most, though Amour De Nuit is not dismissed lightly despite his absence.
The Brothers has more than enough ability to defy a 3lb rise for his breakthrough win, though he’s a tricky customer at the best of times. It could pay to chance AVOIR DE SOINS, who has a lot to prove admittedly but he’s not had many chances and hails from a yard having a great run of things.
Preference is for HAREFIELD, who has dipped beneath his last winning mark. Distingo could be a lively one at greater odds with the headgear left at home this time.
Sixties Secret looks a safe bet to go well, but NOCTURNAL MYTH looks worth chancing on his return from an absence, having run well for a long way before failing to stay 2m 7f on his handicap debut, and having had wind surgery since. Commandant and Mind Your Back are preferred of the remainder.
Midnight Glance and The Rosary Flyer have to be of interest now they get their first crack at a handicap and the betting should give an idea of what’s expected. With Pleasure and Galtee Mountain have shown enough to think they can be involved, but THE DARLEY LAMA looks well handicapped for his new yard on what he was showing last autumn.
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