The selection won his one and only bumper in early 2016 but wasn’t seen again until joining Dan Skelton nearly a year ago. He then ran over the sticks seven times, finishing second on four occasions including on desperate ground at Newcastle in February. However, the six-year-old posted a really strong debut over fences in a time which was superb overall and can be considered a bit unlucky not to win as he faded late on, with the winner taking the race sponsored by the successful trainer.
The expected testing conditions hold no fears for Thisonetime, who should also have no problems over today’s longer trip and looks a worthy of support.
MIXCHIEVOUS (Chepstow, nb, 4.00) is yet to win in 10 starts but posted one or two decent speed figures last season. Patience has been the byword since a debut at today’s venue two years ago but the six-year-old grey gelding has three entries pencilled in over the weekend which suggests connections feel he is well handicapped off 110. Around 6/1 is very enticing.
Finally, INDIAN NATIVE (Warwick, 1,05) was an excellent fourth in a strongly-run handicap 17 days ago and looks to have a major chance in this competitive mares’ race. The yard had a well-backed winner on Monday and Indian Native was noted attracting money on Tuesday evening.
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