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The defection of All Class has taken some gloss off this handicap and may have left the door open for KILBREW BOY, who looks well handicapped on the pick of his form (is now 3lb lower than his last winning mark in this sphere) and is entitled to strip fitter for his recent return at Ludlow. Admittedly, he was well below form that day, but he has won the last two renewals of this race and will likely be cherry-ripe for his hat-trick attempt. Jarlath ran well again here a fortnight ago and looks the danger.
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This may not be the deepest race of its type, and some of the hurdling debutantes may improve for obstacles, but useful bumper winner RAINYDAY WOMAN shaped well on her debut in this sphere at Ludlow last month and is expected to build on that promise now.
She was turned over at odds-on that day, but was one of the best mares around in bumpers last season and represents a top yard, so there is reason to think she can do much better, especially now moving up in trip. Parisian Blue is selected for the forecast.
IN REM started a big price on debut for this yard, but showed improved form to open her account over hurdles at Ffos Las in October, and followed up in grand style at Exeter last time. She appears to be improving in leaps and bounds now, value for any amount extra last time, and should have no problem recording a hat-trick under a 7lb penalty for all this is a stronger race.
Don Alvaro and Earth Business shouldn’t be taken lightly, though, particularly the former, who is well bred and could prove a different proposition now venturing into handicap company from a lowly mark.
This looks competitive, but DHOWIN showed an aptitude for fences when finishing third on his chase debut at Lingfield in October, and should have more to offer in this sphere. That was his first run for eight months, and he left the firm impression he would be suited by a return to further, while also indicating the run was needed.
The handicapper has dropped him 2lb since and he will relish the emphasis on stamina now. Captain Tommy, from his reduced mark, and Crealion, another upped in trip, can also feature.
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TULIN was a winner on the Flat in France and managed to win his first two starts over hurdles for these connections last season. He has been a little underwhelming in three starts since, notably being let down by his jumping on the last two occasions, likely to have made a winning handicap debut at Exeter last time but for several mistakes.
He was edged out only by one who returned to form that day, though, and the pair pulled clear of the remainder, so the form looks solid. There should be more to come and his top yard will more than likely iron out his jumping frailties in time. On To Victory is an obvious threat down in grade and it would be no surprise if Honneur d’Ajonc upped his game trying handicaps for the first time.
JONY MAX underwent a breathing operation following his final start last season and returned showing improved form when runner-up at Warwick in September, leaving his chasing debut well behind. He again found only one rival too good in a well-run handicap at this course last time and that form is beginning to work out, so he is one to remain positive about with this slightly longer trip in his favour if anything. My Lady Grey and Bonanza Sam can give him most to think about.
FAICHE RO isn’t the most stoutly bred, but represents a yard that do very well in this sphere, and he’ll likely be well equipped to deal with this sort of test, so he’s given the tentative vote before market clues. Hasty Parisian and Kimberley Eve are a couple of others to keep a close eye on in the betting.
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