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Brentford Hope brings very smart Flat ability to hurdling and has to be respected, but those with bumper backgrounds may come to the fore. WESTERN ZEPHYR produced the best RPR in that scene when winning at Huntingdon and he was highly tried next time. Major Fortune is next best, ahead of Earth Cry.
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Tim Vaughan has a good hand with big runs likely from Jean Genie (second choice) and the chasing debutant Airtothethrone, but BORN AT MIDNIGHT can deny them both. He would surely have won this 12 months ago had he not come down two out, and he confirmed himself a progressive chaser with a decisive comeback win at Taunton.
The only one arriving here on the back of a positive performance is LANGLEY HUNDRED, who escapes a penalty for last week’s Exeter win under Elizabeth Gale. Taragrace will appreciate returning to hurdles and she’s feared most, ahead of Farmer’s Gamble.
The prospect of an easy lead heightens interest in Sir Tivo, but he was behind ONLY MONEY (nap) at Aintree last time and he will do well to reverse those placings with the Gordon horse. The selection did well to finish so close behind an improving winner having raced freely throughout and he remains progressive himself.
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An open handicap. FENNEY BROOK can be inconsistent so it was encouraging to see her produce two good efforts on the bounce, and she’s narrowly preferred over Emorelle and Ma Belle Noire.
Gerard Mentor might not be straightforward but he’s 2-2 under Kai Lenihan and will probably go well again despite another rise in the weights. Red Vision, Sea The Clouds and Extraordinary Man are others to consider, but perhaps HENRI LE BON will finally come good armed with Freddie Gingell’s useful 7lb claim.
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