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TWILIGHT TWIST wasn’t all out to make a successful hurdling debut at Huntingdon last month, always doing enough under a hands-and-heels ride to land the spoils by a length-and-a-quarter. The first two pulled well clear of the rest and the runner-up gave the form a boost when filling the same position in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham on his next start. With further improvement on the cards, Twilight Twist is fancied to defy a penalty here to make it two-from-two over hurdles.
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SCENE NOT HERD showed only fair form in four starts over hurdles, but he always looked the type to make a better chaser and so it proved when he made a winning debut over fences at Hereford four weeks ago.
His jumping was very good for a chasing newcomer and he just needed to be pushed out in the straight to win easily by 9 lengths. This will be tougher from a 7lbs higher mark, but it’s still early days in his chasing career and he may yet have more to offer.
MR GLASS won a couple of bumpers last season before going on his summer break (had wind surgery during his time off). He was then sent off at short odds for his hurdling debut at Chepstow recently, a weak race in which he wasn’t hard pressed to complete the hat-trick – quickly asserting in the straight to win by 4 lengths in comfortable fashion.
He remains open to significant progress as a hurdler and this looks a good opportunity for him to register his fourth success in-a-row before going on to bigger and better things.
VALLERES shaped with plenty of promise when third on his chasing debut at Newbury three weeks ago, jumping soundly and sticking to his task well in the straight to pass the post less than 4 lengths behind the winner. That was also his first start in a handicap and he certainly showed enough to suggest he is on a good mark. The step up to 3m here could unlock even more improvement and he rates a confident selection to open his account over fences at the second attempt.
THE FERRY MASTER shaped as if the run would bring him on when third on his reappearance at Musselburgh earlier this month, briefly looking dangerous on the approach to three out before getting tired.
He is likely to be much closer to form this time and a BHA mark of 132 still looks fair judged on the pick of last season’s efforts. A previous winner over this course and distance, he looks to have plenty in his favour for the Sandy Thomson yard, which won this race with Yorkhill 12 months ago.
DONNA’S DOUBLE looked a bright prospect when making a successful debut in a bumper at this course in March. He won by less than 2 lengths on that occasion, but the official margin didn’t do his superiority justice as he looked likely to run out an impressive winner before idling in front.
Those with previous experience over hurdles set just a fair standard in this maiden, so it will be no surprise if Donna’s Double proves the best of this lot to maintain his unbeaten record.
MONMIRAL produced a smart effort when last seen winning a Grade 1 at Aintree in April, in the process making it five wins from as many starts in his hurdling career. He could hardly have been more impressive at Aintree, quickening clear in the straight to win by 7-and-a-half lengths with plenty in hand.
This will be his toughest test yet as a four-year-old taking on older horses, but there is no reason to think he’s reached his limit just yet. He could be worth siding with to improve past the likes of Epatante and Sceau Royal.
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