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Irish point winner Corrigeen Rock is not highly tried on his hurdle debut for a new yard and he needs checking in the market. However, SCHALKE should be open to improvement at this game providing his fall in March hasn’t left its mark. Parisencore and Goast Dancer are others who can step up this winter, but Creative Control didn’t convince with his finishing on his recent bumper run at Bangor.
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Without Conviction is best of those with hurdle experience, but doesn’t set the bar too high so it may pay to focus on bumper recruits Nells Son, Salvino and OKAVANGO DELTA. Nells Son is the only one of the trio to have won, but his two successes came on much deeper ground than he’s likely to face here so the suggestion is the last-named who represents a yard which has taken this race twice in recent years.
The fact LIFEISAHIGHWAY was placed in points at the start of his career provides hope that he can better his hurdle exploits over fences, so he could be the way to go. Vintage Glen is respected on his first outing since finishing second at Wetherby on Boxing Day, while Gipsy Lee Rose was twice runner-up here last season so could also have a part to play under Brian Hughes.
A smart handicap, featuring the return of last season’s Cheltenham Festival hero Vintage Clouds and Scottish Grand National second Dingo Dollar. The latter may have even more to offer for Sandy Thomson this term, but he does go without the tongue-strap he wore at Ayr (and when winning at Newcastle before that) and is taken on with EMPIRE DE MAULDE (NAP).
James Ewart’s charge ran well over a trip very much on the short side for him here last month and is the only one in this line-up who has had an outing in the last six months, so it’s possible he’ll have a fitness edge.
Top of the list is Sue Smith’s generally progressive five-year-old TREASURED COMPANY, who has won his last two completed starts, including a decisive success in first-time cheekpieces at Sedgefield 17 days ago.
Second choice is Spark Of Madness, who returned from a break with a good second at Perth last month and is a big player if he can back that up. Smart Lass has done well on the Flat this year and looks interesting off a dangerous mark back over hurdles, while others to consider are El Jefe and Three Castles.
Away At Dawn and Northern Bound are progressive chasers, with the last-named particularly respected, but this could go to the chasing newcomer COOLKILL. Sandy Thomson’s horses frequently improve when sent over fences and this very lightly raced seven-year-old won a novice hurdle at Perth when last seen in April. Fellow chasing debutant Dubai Days and 2019 winner Vengeur De Guye could also go well in what is an interesting race.
This looks a bit trappy, but SIX ONE NINE started his chase career with a win and good second at Sedgefield in the spring before a bad mistake stopped him in his tracks at Market Rasen in June.
He could resume his progress after a break and gets the vote, ahead of Getaman, who was runner-up over hurdles here on his penultimate start and looks interesting back at this trip on his switch to fences. Broadway Joe is another interesting chase debutant, while Wheelbahri also needs watching in the market on his comeback.
The vote goes to DEQUALL, who was in good form at this venue in the spring and has solid claims on his return from a summer break. Second choice is Lemon T, who remains unexposed at this sort of distance. Arnica, The Ogle Gogle Man and Liffeydale Dreamer are all likely to go well again.
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