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Tricky to split the trio with form in this sphere, SMALL BAD BOB just getting the verdict over Trailboss and four-year-old Nostalgica. He plugged on behind a thriving Paul Nicholls-trained winner over shorter here last time and this looks easier.
Veteran-campaigner THEO hasn’t been seen since finishing midfield over fences at Ascot over Christmas, yet he holds sound claims on these terms and boasts a good record fresh, so he rates the one to side with down markedly in class. Coole Well looks the one to give him most to think about returning from a spell over fences.
KILMINGTON ROSE hasn’t looked back since fitted with blinkers and can land a fourth win in succession. Pilbara made a solid start for new handler Suzy Smith in a chase here last month and may provide the chief threat. Young Wolf would also enter the reckoning if the market vibes are positive back over hurdles.
Thought he clearly doesn’t hold any secrets from the handicapper, BLAZING SADDLES looks the most solid option following another creditable effort in defeat over this course and distance three weeks ago. Phoenix Dawn is a possible back down in trip, but Right Destination and Pokari – both of whom should come on for their recent reappearances – may emerge as the main dangers.
This can go to ELIOS D’OR, who recorded his first success over fences in devastating fashion at Worcester last month and can defy a subsequent 9lbs rise in the weights here. The main threat could be Tom George’s strong-travelling Darling du Large, who promises to do better in this sphere at some point, ahead of Statuario.
TWASN’T THE PLAN has been given a chance by the handicapper and showed clear signs of a revival here last month, so he can open his account. Catch The Cuban and Kapsize rate the principal dangers.
GORDYNY might be able to make a successful start in this sphere after winning a point when last seen. Mattie Ross sets a good standard on her two seconds for her new yard. Lady Excalibur has an appealing pedigree and is worth a look.
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