High Bridge looked one of the better novice hurdlers seen out this season when winning at Newbury last time, and he seems ready to take another step forward by landing the 2.20 at Catterick on Thursday.
Ben Pauling’s gelding has already waltzed away with a bumper at the North Yorkshire course when trained by John Ferguson last season. Thankfully, Ferguson has given up training National Hunt horses and High Bridge is now in much better hands with Ben Pauling.
The endlessly frustrating Top Tug looks the main danger. A nice winner on his hurdling debut for Alan King at Kempton he had his limitations exposed when a slightly disappointing third behind Glaring and Burbank at Huntingdon last time.