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This can go to the useful Flat performer STREAM OF STARS, who has shown plenty of promise in his two hurdle runs for a new yard this autumn and sets a clear standard here. The danger is Dan Skelton’s Rock Legend, who kicked off his hurdling career with a third behind a dual subsequent winner at Uttoxeter last month and should improve with that experience under his belt.
This looks a golden opportunity for BRIEF AMBITION, who made an impressive start over fences with his front-running win at Kempton two weeks ago and has plenty of scope for further progress in this sphere. The other two runners both have plenty to prove but Ballinsker is well treated on his best hurdle form and could win the battle for second if he responds well to cheekpieces.
The two that stand out are last week’s winners Top Man and OUR IDIC BOY. The former cashed in on a much reduced mark with his eased-down win at Plumpton but preference is for the lightly raced Our Idic Boy, who stayed on strongly to forge clear at Newcastle and is open to more progress in staying handicaps. Racing Spirit has finished placed in two of his last three runs and has each-way claims again, while Art Of Diplomacy needs checking in the market back over hurdles on his stable debut.
Donald McCain’s ONTHEFRONTFOOT (nap) was left with only one rival to beat at Cartmel when last seen in August but he made it 3-7 over fences with that clearcut success and is a major player again off an unchanged mark on his return to action. The main danger is Kerry Lee’s unexposed chaser Magic Dancer, who was a clear second under a penalty at Uttoxeter last month and looks interesting off a 4lb lower mark here.
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It’s hard to find a solid option in this trappy race. Born At Midnight was runner-up from 10lb out of the weights at Lingfield 13 days ago and has claims if he can back that up, while Ship Of The Fen is a big player if he can recapture the form of his second at Uttoxeter in September. However, it might be worth siding with WHITECHURCH, who ran well for a long way over 3m3f at Sedgefield on his recent chase debut and looks interesting on this drop back in trip.
There are plenty of in-form contenders in the line-up but top of the list is Kerry Lee’s major improver ORCHARD GROVE, who still looks feasibly treated on his clearcut success at Uttoxeter last time and may well be able to strike again to make it four wins in a row. The main danger is the strong-travelling Sergeant, who has a record of 3-5 in handicaps and was only just caught in his hat-trick bid at Plumpton last month. Others who could have a big part to play are Peterborough and Man Of Light.
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