Hurdling newcomer LEGAL BEAGLE is a half-brother to two winners and has potential for Nicky Richards. He is the selection ahead of point winner Gunsight Ridge, another who could leave his sole bumper run well behind. Giovanni Change can go well if returning to form.
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It’s hard to get away from TEMPLE HIGH, who shaped well on hurdles debut at Warwick in January and sets the standard. She is taken to make a successful debut for the Alan King yard. Ballingers Corner is likely to pose the biggest threat, but don’t discount Shiroccsmyworld who made a promising start over hurdles at Hexham. Kitty Hall might prove best of the rest on her hurdles debut.
An interesting mares’ chase and MY OLD GOLD is expected to take advantage of the 4lb she receives from principal danger Casablanca Mix. The Nicky Richards-trained mare was in good form in the spring and has won after a break before. It’s not just a two-horse race, though, because Chilli Filli is still relatively unexposed over fences and has always looked the type to develop into a smart chaser. It looks between those three.
This looks like a good opportunity for COOL DESTINATION (nap) to build on his promising chase debut at Bangor last time. The Fergal O’Brien-trained runner appears well treated on his handicap chase debut judged on that effort and is open to plenty of further improvement on just his second start over fences. Ivilnoble is a novice on the up and rates the main danger ahead of The Triple Pillar.
Most of these have plenty to prove but the unexposed chaser IMPERIAL ACOLYTE was disputing second when unseating at the penultimate fence here last month and he’s a major player if he can eliminate the errors. The pick of the opposition could be the mercurial veteran Fr Humphrey, who won in a higher grade during this month last year and is well treated if he can bounce back again.
A wide-open handicap hurdle and it is worth taking a chance on JUST SO COOL making a winning debut for the Tom Symonds yard. He is well handicapped and his last victory was achieved after a mammoth 670-day absence, so this might be the time to catch him after a break. Ballycrystal bounced back to form at Sedgefield last time and is the biggest danger ahead of Mabela, who didn’t run badly at Ludlow last month.
The most striking contenders are the lightly raced 6yos Roses Poses and PROJECT MARS who both look interesting on this return to a stiffer stamina test. The former made a promising comeback in July and should have more to offer for Dan Skelton, but the vote goes to Project Mars who kept battling when a good third behind a resurgent rival at Stratford on his return last month. The other one on the shortlist is Northern Princess, who has possibilities if her stamina holds out at this new trip.
A modest finale which lacks a standout contender although the dual C&D winner Moidore should make his presence felt. However, a slight preference is for the feasibly handicapped HENRY’S JOY who has probably held valid excuses since a near-miss at Cartmel (2m6f) in July. Of the remainder, it’s entirely possible that the lightly raced Williams Overture could have more too offer.
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