Despite his penalty and several intriguing opponents, Soaring Glory will prove hard to beat. He showed bundles of ability in bumpers and did the job well on his debut over hurdles at Cheptstow last month. He pulled well clear of the remainder with one who won with any amount in hand at Exeter on Tuesday, so the form looks solid, and Soaring Glory looked a smart prospect, value for much more than the half-length winning margin in a falsely-run race. He is open to any amount of improvement now.
Morning Vicar was in the process of making an encouraging chasing debut at this course when taking a heavy fall in December last season, likely to have played a part in the finish and that race worked out well. He was given plenty of time to get over that experience and duly showed improved form on his first run for 10 months when runner-up at Uttoxeter three weeks ago. There was plenty to like about that effort, even though he was seen to good advantage on the front end, and he remains one to be positive about from a 3lb higher mark.
This looks a typically competitive handicap for the track, and Third Win tops the shortlist having progressed well over hurdles last season.
He won the EBF Final at Sandown as a novice, but was even better when finishing fourth in the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen, proving his stamina for three miles while also leaving the impression he has more to offer in this sphere. Third Win races from the same mark on his return to action and he should be hard to keep out of the places.
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