CROSSPARK(best price 5/2) clocked a fair time for a maiden hurdle at a fairly low level when scoring over C&D last time out and given that he’s likely to improve further for that initial experience, he may well be capable of overcoming his penalty. Despite not jumping the last well and hanging due to tiredness in the closing stages, Caroline Bailey’s charge showed great tenacity to just hold on from the fast-finishing Battle Dust, but with the likes of the strongly-fancied pair Amidon and Mustmeetalady well beaten in behind, the form looks totally believable.
Crosspark - 1pt @ 5/2
The best form figures produced by SAINT RAPH(best price 7/2) came when he routed a decent field on heavy ground at Wincanton last season, so with conditions very much in his favour, there’s every chance Robert Walford’s inmate can repeat the dose. On top of that, the son of Saint Des Saints is sure to be all the better for his encouraging comeback run at Stratford 33 days ago and this race appears slightly more tepid that his last two races he’s contested.
Saint Raph - 1pt @ 7/2
THE GAY CAVALIER(best price 3/1) came from another postcode to land a competitive 1m 2f handicap at Kempton last week and he looks set fair to go well again despite the mandatory 6lb penalty. Following his usual party trick of being slowly away, John Ryan’s charge found himself with a mountain to climb with only three furlongs to run, but he suddenly kicked in the after-burners inside the final furlong and in the end, he eventually won with plenty to spare. Given that his overall time and final circuit of 1.39.8 was much better than the one Buckland Beau contested half-an-hour later (1.41.4), the son of Henrythenavigator should have enough in hand to overcome another potential tardy start.