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Prediction: 1st Marcilhac, 2nd Cogry, 3rd Taquin Du Seuil
Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 338 (1574f)
b g Voix Du Nord-Sweet Laly (Marchand De Sable)
11 - 12
Winner of three hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Uxizandre when 9th of 14 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) in March last year. Market should guide as to his chances on this return to action after 11 months off. Very talented chaser at his best and fascinating to see how he goes here.
Niceonefrankie (GB) 78
b g Ishiguru-Chesnut Ripple (Cosmonaut)
11 - 5
Has won a hurdle race and seven chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Pulled up 5 out when 8-1 at Newbury over 2m 4f (soft) in a chase won by Little Jon in November last year on his latest outing. Clearly had his problems with just one start since January 2015 and, unlike many stable companions, has never run on heavy ground in 40 starts.
Cogry (GB) 35
b g Kings Theatre-Wyldello (Supreme Leader)
10 - 11 v 1
Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Pulled up 4 out when 8-1fav in the Group 3 Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow over 3m 5f (heavy) in a Grade 3 chase won by Mountainous last month on his latest outing. Connections look desperate to get a run into him as this looks far too short for him. Handles heavy and easily forgiven latest Welsh National effort run in appalling ground.
Galway Jack (IRE) 19
b g Witness Box-Cooldalus (Mandalus)
10 - 10
Has won five chases and five point-to-points from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 2l by Roc D'apsis when second of 9 at 15-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Kempton over 2m 4f (soft) last month. Solid and reliable handicapper who nearly always runs his race. Seems sure to be competitive although does nearly all his running on much better ground than that which is forecast.
Band Of Blood (IRE) 239
b g Kings Theatre-Cherry Falls (Ali-royal)
10 - 9 t
Winner of three hurdle races, a NH flat race, a chase and a point-to-point from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good - yielding to heavy. Well beaten at 11-1 when seventh of 10 on his latest outing in a chase at Down Royal over 2m 4f (good) in June last year. Having his first run for Dr Richard Newland today so needs to be taken very seriously as the yard are renowned for their ability to further improve new charges to the operation. Stays much further.
Marcilhac (FR) 56
b g Smadoun-One Way (Exit To Nowhere)
10 - 6
Successful in a hurdle race and a chase at 2m 1f and 2m 5f on heavy ground, but last win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 6-1 behind Mon Successeur when 9th of 10 on his latest outing in a chase at Ascot over 2m 3f (good to soft) in December last year. Showed little on his comeback run in a decent Ascot handicap in December on chasing debut for this yard. Handled ground well in France and of interest.
Headlys Bridge (IRE) 350 (2178f)
b g Tillerman-Brockton Flame (Emarati)
10 - 4
He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 2m to 2m 3f on good to soft and heavy ground. Well beaten at 16-1 behind Sound Investment when eighth of 11 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury over 2m 4f (good to soft) in February last year. Decent performer back in 2014 but just the one run since(well beaten) and hard to construct a persuasive case.
Forecast Prices: Cogry 7/2, Band Of Blood 5/1, Taquin Du Seuil 4/1, Marcilhac 8/1, Galway Jack 11/4, Niceonefrankie 8/1, Headlys Bridge 14/1
Last Year's Race: Camping Ground, 5, 11 12, P Townend, 5/2, R Walford, 7 ran