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KENDELU failed to hit the ground running returning in the spring, but he tumbled a long way in the weights as a result and stopped the slide when runner-up at Hereford a fortnight ago. Given his form around this time last year, Nigel Hawke’s charge now looks too well treated to ignore and is offered as an alternative to the thriving Presenting Yeats.
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HONNEUR D’AJONC and Time To Tinker ought to fight this out as previous hurdles winners, with marginal reference for the Jane-Williams inmate. Honneur d’Ajonc may well have won a juvenile contest at Kempton last term had he negotiated the last successfully and having been disappointing on reappearance last month, he completed a simple task with the minimum of fuss at Hereford a fortnight ago. Time To Tinker can boast comparable form, but the feeling is he may lack the speed of the selection back in trip.
Continuing the theme of speedy hurdlers, SEE THE SEA is a very tough mare to reel in once she gets into a rhythm at the head of affairs, as illustrated with a scintillating win at the sharp Wincanton two weeks ago. This track will also suit her and a 9lbs ride may not prevent the hat-trick.
SOUL ICON was understandably awarded a lowly mark given the level he achieved in his qualifying runs, but he’s been a totally different proposition in handicaps. After springing a surprise at Huntingdon, he justified favouritism in seemingly-easy fashion (that’s not to see we saw a lot with visibility pretty much none existent at times) when favourite at Exeter last week. A 7lbs penalty shouldn’t prove a barrier to further success.
Milton Harris has his string in fine form and in the shape of MI LADDO, further success may well be forthcoming. A course and distance winner from 2lbs lower in April, Mi Laddo has been shaping up nicely of late, doing well to finish as close as he did held-up in a steadily-run race and also short of room when fourth at Exeter three weeks ago.
You always need a bit of luck with a confirmed hold-up performer, but Paddy Brennan is an eye-catching booking and with the prospect of a sound gallop in store, there is plenty to recommend Mi Laddo for all this is pretty competitive. Folly Gate is quirky, but talented at this sort of level too.
FIRE LAKE also represents the aforementioned Milton Harris and her narrow defeat starting out at Ludlow three weeks ago is just about the best piece of form on offer. Fitted with a hood and settled towards the back, she also emerged with plenty of credit on that occasion given the winner came in for a sound tactical ride, so a bumper such as this should be well within Fire Lake’s compass.
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