ALL CLENCHED UP was a different proposition on second hurdles start fitted with cheekpieces when successful at Uttoxeter in July and she’s fancied to defy a penalty. Glorious Spirit won a bumper and will relish this trip, so can ensure the selection doesn’t have it all her own way.
ESKENDASH is a tricky sort who hasn’t really kicked on from a positive start for his current yard. He’s better than this grade however, and is worth a chance to capitalise on what seems like a good opportunity. Away At Dawn is a player if his jumping improves, while Caddyhill could play a part if he takes to chasing on debut for Jennie Candlish.
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STONIFIC is only 3 lb higher than when landing a good prize at Market Rasen in July and his opposition isn’t all that convincing, so he’s a confident choice to land the hat-trick in this sphere. A return to form from the likes of Constancio and Snookered would give the selection something to think about.
PARDON ME is the only one who arrives obviously at the top of her game and is selected to complete a hat-trick. There were slightly better signs from Luckofthedraw last time so he’s feared most.
PRESENTING YEATS was well served the increased stamina test when opening his hurdles account at Newton Abbot (26.5f) in July and again ran well, whilst highlighting the drop back in trip may not have suited ideally, when third at Bangor (23f) 9 days ago. This test looks perfect and he can put up another bold showing. Get An Oscar and Aptly Put can also feature.
This will almost certainly boil down to a straight fight between FONTANA ELLISSI and October Storm, with preference for Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge. The 5-y-o was well on top at the finish when landing the odds at Market Rasen and he probably has more to offer. This stiffer test promises to suit October Storm and he will ensure that Fontana Ellissi doesn’t have an easy time of it.
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