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posted an electric round of jumping at Kempton when narrowly denied by the Cheltenham-festival bound Local Hero and he could prove the chief danger to likely favourite Drumacoo. The selection has a good record on right-handed tracks and the first-time cheekpieces could extricate a little more improvement from a horse that will be heading to the Grand National if all goes well.
Irish recruit Drumacoo turned his UK debut at Huntingdon into a romp and will be tough to beat if repeating that level of performance, while there should be more progression to come from Vyta Du Roc now he steps up to 3m for the first time.
Onenightinvienna - 1pt @ 5/2
REVE DE SIVOLA
may have bombed out over fences here last time, but he was only 8l behind Thistlecrack at Ascot before Christmas and a repeat of that level of form should be good enough to see him go close in this company. Haydock’s hurdles track can be beneficial to front-runners and he may be tough to peg back for a yard that captured a valuable handicap hurdle last weekend.
One Track Mind, a brave winner at Newbury last time, and Silsol who returns to hurdles, have less convictions than At Fishers Cross and could be the chief threats, although Deputy Dan exceeded expectations behind Thistlecrack at Newbury before being beaten 20l by the same rival last time at Ascot.
Reve De Sivola - 1pt @ 5/2
Venetia Williams has made a happy habit of landing handicap chases at this venue so WALDORF SALAD
makes appeal off a light weight. Backing all his stable’s runners at Ascot in the last five years would have yielded a £287 profit to a £10 stake and the gelding posted another fine effort at Cheltenham last time when narrowly failing to overhaul King’s Odyssey. Providing he doesn’t become involved in a due for the lead with Bally Beaufort and he can find the same rhythm at his fences from the front he may be tough to overhaul.
Waldorf Salad - 1pt @ 3/1
There appears no lack of pace up front for this marathon with Bishops Road, Gas Line Boy, Rigadin De Beauchene and Harry The Viking usually ridden aggressively. This could help set up the race for those ridden with a little restraint and BROADWAY BUFFALO
could prove the main beneficiary.
The eight-year-old was last seen finishing a fine fifth in a Grade 1 Auteuil hurdle under Katie Walsh who was also runner-up on the selection in the NH Chase at Cheltenham in March. He fell late on when travelling strongly in this race 12 months ago and could be poised to gain some compensation with course stats of 11F. His five runs after an absence in excess of 100 days have yielded form figures of 14135.
Broadway Buffalo - 1pt e/w @ 6/1
A tricky handicap to resolve with plenty of inponderables, but SIRABAD
is interesting returned to hurdles given he was only 11-lengths behind Thistlecrack at this venue 12 months ago. He could therefore be nicely treated off a mark of just 134 as he is largely unexposed over the smaller obstacles having been tested over fences at a decent level this term.
Montdragon and Different Gravy are two other lightly-raced hurdlers from top yards who deserve respect, but at his double figure price with yard back among the winners, Sirabad gains the nod.
Sirabad - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1
was runner-up in this event 12 months ago, but he was coming off the back of a setback a year ago and is reported in better shape this time round. The selection hammered Melodic Rendezvous by 7l when they met over C&D last November and it is difficult to envisage the placings being reversed. Pace-setting duo Pain Au Chocolat and Rayvin Black both have claims as long as they don’t compromise each other’s chance at the head of affairs.
Irving - 1pt @ 4/6
A strong gallop appears assured in this event with Silviniaco Conti, Amore Alato and Triolo D’Alene all keen to lead with FLEMENSTAR
and Royal Regatta sure to be hard on their hooves.
Silviniaco Conti has been tough to train and sports the blinkers for the first time which could be the catalyst to a more enthusiastic showing, however he takes on one or two more naturally speedy rivals so may be vulnerable.
Backing Flemenstar obviously comes with risks attached given he has always seemed happier at 2m, however he posted another fine effort at Punchestown behind Felix Yonger in an extremely strong time and he looks worth risking in a race where there looks doubts over the main protagonists. His association with Andrew Lynch has yielded figures of 121111111323112, while his record when returning to the track between 14 and 30 days reads an impressive six wins from eight starts (11113141).
Flemenstar - 1pt @ 10/1