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COSTLY DIAMOND was thriving over fences in the spring, registering a hat-trick before putting up her best effort yet when only narrowly denied the four-timer at Sedgefield. She returns from a break with trainer Gary Hanmer among the winners and, having shown herself to be a versatile and dependable mare, she ought to prove as effective back over hurdles.
WBEE is progressing well and arrives on the back of victories over this course and distance, and at Cartmel. Wbee won a good-quality handicap at Cartmel, despite being out of the weights, and the form of that contest is proving solid. He is a horse on the up and is only 2lbs higher than at Cartmel, so remains on a good mark and can complete the hat-trick.
DEMON D’AUNOU is on a losing run that stretches back to this time last year, but he has dropped in the weights and is now 1lb below his last winning mark. He shaped with some promise under a 7lbs claimer at Newton Abbot last month, making some headway out wide on the turn for home. It would be no surprise were he to take a step forward with Jonjo O’Neill jr back in the saddle.
HATCHER appreciated the return to a sounder surface when wining at Ludlow, beating his sole rival – who has subsequently scored twice and looked unlucky not to complete the hat-trick. Hatcher followed up at Newton Abbot last month, readily quickening clear after looming up on the turn for home. He will again be suited by the speed-favouring conditions here. He can defy a 6lbs rise in the weights and complete the hat-trick.
Ben Bromley has struck up a good partnership with CHEZ HANS and the pair arrive in search of a hat-trick. Chez Hans put up his best effort yet when scoring at Newton Abbot on his penultimate start, impressing with how smoothly he travelled and how readily he put the race to bed. He didn’t need to match that form to follow up. He is clearly in excellent heart and should give another good account.
GETABUCK remains a maiden, but he posted an encouraging effort here last time on his first outing since undergoing a breathing operation. He kept on well on that occasion to finish runner-up, matching the pick of his efforts over hurdles. He should also be suited by this slight step up in trip. He has gone up only 1lbs in the weighs and will be a big player if replicating that form.
MAGICAL ORLA made a promising debut for Barry Fitzgerald at Tipperary, finishing runner-up to a decent prospect and pulling clear of the remainder. That is comfortably the best form on offer – the winner subsequently won at Listed level – and Magical Orla sets the standard for her rivals to aim at. New trainer David Weston recently sent out a mare to complete a hat-trick, highlighting that his team is in good order.
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