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A big-field maiden hurdle, but there isn’t a whole lot of depth to it, and it looks a good opportunity for HUFLOWER to build on the promise of his hurdling debut at Exeter last month. He was a dual bumper winner in France last year and was well found in the market on his debut for this yard, though he went through the race as if in need of the run following a breathing operation. That race is working out well now and he seems sure to build on that. Venetia Williams is in good form at present, so Natty Night, a fairly useful performer on the Flat, is far from discounted on this switch to hurdles.
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OUR POWER isn’t an obvious chasing type – very much Flat bred – but he showed an aptitude for fences on his debut for Sam Thomas at Kempton last month and he looks interesting having been dropped 1lb for that effort. It was only one bad error at an inopportune time that prevented him being in the mix in first-time cheekpieces, unable to recover after clouting four out, but he ran on well and is well worth another chance to build on that now.
Striking A Pose looked a natural over fences when resuming progress and winning ways at Exeter last month and seems sure to go on to better things.
showed only fair form in bumpers, but looks set to take higher rank over hurdles, and he confirmed the promise of his debut in this sphere when scoring comfortably at Taunton last month. He had seemingly come on a fair bit for his seasonal reappearance and looked well suited by a good gallop at the trip, going with plenty of zest and readily drawing clear of a couple of promising types. An opening mark of 124 looks fair enough, particularly as Earth Company has the potential to progress again, and he is taken to follow up. Brief Times, who remains unbeaten under Rules, is another progressing nicely and commands the utmost respect.
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Rainyday Women showed useful form to win a couple of bumpers last season and, though she failed to land the odds on hurdling debut at Ludlow last month, she made no mistake when proving in a different league to her rivals at this course 12 days ago. She jumped much better on that occasion, looking a potentially smart mare, and she is taken to build further on that to come out on top again now taking on the boys. Norton Hill, who is making his hurdling debut, and Mascat, are a couple others fancied to feature.
Jack Valentine made a winning start over fences at Leiecester last season from a 3 lb lower mark but didn’t progress as expected afterwards despite still being competitive. He shaped as if retaining all of his ability on his return from eight months off at Lingfield in October and, with his stable in much better form now, he is taken to show the benefit of that run. This looks a weaker race, too, and he figures on a winnable mark. White Moon is a frustrating sort, but will prove a massive threat if on a ‘going’ day from this lowly mark.
A whole host to consider here, but it is GLASHA’S PEAK who is taken to come out on top. She’s shown enough to think she can win handicaps over hurdles, with bits of her form reading well, and with this representing a drop in grade, she may take advantage. Merry Mistress is the only last-time-out winner in the field and was impressive at Hereford so has to be respected up 7 lb, while Chantilly Haze is also one for the shortlist.
It is hard to be too dogmatic about any of these, but DUC KAUTO takes a drop in class and it may be worth chancing his stamina up in trip. Abbey Street finally won a race last time and, as such, arrives with far less to prove than most of these, though her overall profile isn’t totally convincing.
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