Looks certain to be winning his fair share of chases after finishing runner-up on his chase debut at Worcester in September. Knows how to get his head in front being a multiple winner over hurdles, jumps superbly and forecast ground conditions should suit. Could be the nap of the day
Attempting to follow up an impressive success on his hurdles debut at Worcester, where he won by five lengths. The runner-up has subsequently won, which gives the form a solid look, and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is operating at a 20 per cent strike-rate in the last fortnight. All the signs point to another huge run from Mossy Fen.
Makes his seasonal return after falling when last seen at Carlisle in March. He was travelling really well at the time of that mishap and had previously shown his class when winning at Ayr. He’s been beaten only once when completing over fences, looks progressive and is taken to resume winning ways.
Ran out of his skin when fourth in the Close Brothers Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season. Colin Tizzard's six-year-old has won two of his four chase starts and been placed at the festival in another and is clearly yet to reach the celiling of his ability. He’ll go well if fit.
Consistent type who would have won at Fakenham last time had he jumped the last better. Rallied gamely on the run-in, which suggests the extra half a mile of this race should suit and this more conventional track should play to his strengths. Trainer Olly Murphy has been quoted as saying that he will relish a stamina test and is likely to win more races this year. That’s good enough for us.
Mixes chasing with hurdles but appears better suited to the smaller obstacles. Good enough to finish just five lengths behind subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December. That form would be more than good enough to win this and it will be a surprise if he does not start favourite.
Only three horses with any form in this bumper and they do not look quite up to scratch so it may pay to follow one of the newcomers. Preference is for Quick Draw, who represents Tom Lacey and Nico De Boinville. That trainer/jockey combination have a decent strike-rate when teaming up and could ensure we close the card with a winner
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