Lightly raced in points, LONG STAY made his Rules debut a successful one in a Newton Abbot bumper in September, displaying plenty of speed to run out a nine-length winner, looking a cut above. He ought to prove well suited by this quick switch to hurdling, and he is taken to maintain his unbeaten record under Rules.
GOING MOBILE shaped well despite being poorly placed when third at Bangor in September, and he confirmed the promise of that effort when getting off the mark with a bit in hand at Market Rasen last time, staying on to lead in the final 50 yards under mainly hand riding. He remains open to further improvement and gets the vote to follow up.
RED MISSILE was a fairly useful performer on the Flat, including when running out a convincing winner at Lingfield in August, and he finished an encouraging third on his hurdle debut at Perth the following month. He is entitled to come on for that run, and has the best form on offer in this contest, so he holds solid claims.
RATFACEMCDOUGAL has fallen to a good mark of late, and he demonstrated as such when returning to form at Hereford last time, sticking to his task well and ultimately beaten only by a progressive type who has gone in again twice since. A 2lb rise for that effort looks lenient, and he should prove at least as effective now stepped back up in trip.
MY RENAISSANCE had been in better heart than the bare results suggested during the summer, and he duly put it all together to land a gamble at Sedgefield two starts back, taking full advantage of a reduced mark to run out a stylish winner. He looked well-in under a penalty at the same venue last time, but was not seen to best advantage, making late headway without being knocked about but ultimately left with too much to do. That run is probably best overlooked, and he is best judged on his previous effort, a repeat of which would see him difficult to beat.
LAKE TAKAPUNA returned to form following seven months off, and a breathing operation, to take advantage of a reduced mark at Kelso in September, producing a career best to regain the winning thread over fences, arguably deserving of extra credit, too. This return to hurdling shouldn’t be an issue for him – he won his on his last hurdle outing at Roscommon in 2019 – and another bold showing should be on the cards.
Third in a couple of bumpers, THE BEES KNEES produced a promising first effort over hurdles at Newton Abbot in September, doing more than enough to think he could win something similar, and he duly proved that to be the case at the same venue last time, making every yard and deserving of extra credit given he saw off two above-average Flat performers. He appeals as the type to go on improving and should have more to offer now switched to handicaps.
Those with previous form don’t look anything out of the ordinary and could be vulnerable to an above-average newcomer, so a chance is taken on BOOLEY BEACH. A Harry Whittington inmate, Booley Beach makes plenty of appeal for a yard who certainly know how to ready a debutant in this sphere, Whittington sending out an impressive winning newcomer at Sedgefield last month. She gets the nod to make a winning start.
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