Sam TurnerBacking a horse like BECAUSESHESAIDSO (Bangor, 2.50) doesn’t come without pitfalls, but the nine-year-old rates the most interesting runner in the Stella Artois Handicap Hurdle.

Some may feel I’ve enjoyed too much of the sponsors’ product this Christmas, tipping a horse with the gelding’s patchy profile to win a tricky handicap. However, Becauseshesaidso is an intriguing runner despite his poor attendance record as he would have been an honourable fourth on his first start for a month in a warm Exeter handicap last month had he not stumbled to a fall at the final hurdle.

Trans Express, Rocklander, Lord Of The Island and Space Oddity filled the first four places after the selection’s departure and the last-named smoothly won a handicap on New Year’s Day in which Lord Of The Island would also have gone close but for falling three out.

Rocklander was narrowly touched off at Cheltenham too to further enhance the form and there is a chance Becauseshesaidso remains very well treated off a mark of 112 if he can avoid any further disasters.

THANKYOU VERY MUCH (Musselburgh, 3.00) has struck up a good relationship with Brian Hughes and the duo has the opportunity to build on two recent small-field victories achieved on a decent surface today. The daughter of Lucky Story clearly enjoyed the fast ground at Leicester last time to pulverise Nefyn Bay who himself went close in a Catterick handicap this week.

Finally, Ian Williams holds a good chance of a Newcastle double on the ratings courtesy of BURNSIDE (Newcastle, 2.40) and BAMAKO DU CHATELET (Newcastle, 3.40) as both have clocked good times of late.

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