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Burristo’s Stratford win looks solid form, but KNOTTY ASH – who is very likely to improve – could be a cut above the usual standard of juvenile hurdlers at this time of year.
The two last-time-out Worcester winners Kabrit and No Cruise Yet remain unexposed over fences and are respected, but HEAVEY contests a Class 5 handicap for the first time in his career and is selected to capitalise upon a significant drop in the weights. No Cruise Yet is second choice.
There should be little between the main four contenders. Both BUTTE MONTANA and Kentucky Hardboot have chased home the same rival in recent races, which shows how closely matched they are. Preference is for Fergal O’Brien’s six-year-old, who can improve again. Captain Ivan and Mordred are realistic contenders as well.
Storm Home was a revelation when beating Little Bruce over course and distance four weeks ago (the pair had the race between them throughout). He could defy the 10lbs rise, but preference is for NEVILLE’S CROSS (NAP). He finally showed what he could do as a chaser over 2m 4f here recently and should have no problems with this longer trip.
Glinger Flame will be a threat if blinkers work, but money for THE SWEENEY would be interesting. Emma Lavelle’s charge won twice in-a-row at Market Rasen in 2019 and can get back in the winner’s enclosure here.
The wins of Rhythm Is A Dancer and Thistle Do Nicely don’t amount to much although the former is still rated a threat. The way may be clear for BACK ON THE LASH to add to May’s course and distance success.
Money for Eventful will set the alarm bells ringing while Sweet Flora won in some style two starts ago. She may be the biggest danger to ANDAPA, who came good with a vengeance here 11 days ago and shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the return to 2m.
Demon D’Aunou looked good at Stratford last week and a repeat might well be good enough, but he faces two significant rivals. Don’t Ask beat him at Southwell in April, but the vote goes to chasing debutant JIMMY THE DIGGER – who is bred to do well over fences. Eureu Du Boulay is no forlorn hope, either.
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