The winner of a Grade 3 Aintree handicap hurdle acquitted herself well behind subsequent winner Bags Groove at Ffos Las on her return to action last month, in a time which was well above average for the grade. That was a promising performance first time over fences and she could be some value in a race which is likely to be dominated by higher-rated hurdler Maria's Benefit, who displayed a tendency to run right down her fences a little last time.
WHATMORE (Bangor, nb, 2.55) travelled strongly and ran a blinder on his comeback at Chepstow in the Silver Trophy. That was a fine effort as he tried to make all and no doubt he’ll be straighter for the effort.
The gelding drops in class here and looks worth supporting to double his tally at a track where he was successful on his only visit just over a year ago.
TRANS EXPRESS (Exeter, 3.40) saves his best efforts for the west country venue where he has a portfolio of solid speed figures and could prove sharper for a recent comeback at Cheltenham which suggested definite promise.
The selection is feasibly handicapped at present and conditions should be perfect for another bold showing.