is a proper old-fashioned chasing type and is likely to do well in that sphere further down the line, but for now, he’s still remains worth following over the smaller obstacles. An easy winner of a novices’ hurdle at Worcester in July, Evan Williams’ charge narrowly failed to follow up under a penalty when finding the more speedier type, Regulation, just getting first run on him from two out over today’s C&D nine days ago. The son of Auction House, however, lost nothing in defeat in making the short-priced favourite pull out all the stops and he rates a strong fancy to go one place better in a race that lacks any real strength in depth.
Canicallyouback - 2pts @ 6/4Won 3pts
Typically, Charlie Longsdon has hit the ground running in the early part of the jumps season proper and OFF THE GROUND
can continue the fine run on his first outing for the Oxfordshire handler. Rated 147 at his peak when in the care of Emma Lavelle, the son of Oscar has rather lost his way based on his four runs last season but, as a result, new connections have potentially inherited a well-handicapped horse. The fact that this nine-year-old runs free of any aids on his seasonal return suggests all is well mechanically and if he runs somewhere near the top end of his capabilities, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if he began his new regime in the best possible fashion.
Off The Ground - 1pt @ 11/4Lost 1pt
ran with bags of promise in a fair maiden on debut at Kempton last week and can be expected to play a more prominent role with just normal improvement second time around. Held up towards the rear off modest early fractions, the daughter of Bushranger came home nicely down the lane to finish a never-nearer fourth to the potentially useful Nassuvian Pearl and given that she achieved this position under a fairly tender ride, it’s safe to upgrade her performance. Given that the highest rated horse in tonight’s race is Swanton Blue with a perch of 70, it would come as a bit of a surprise if Ed Vaughan’s inmate doesn’t end up being a good deal better than that mark and she is likely to be strongly backed to prove that point.
Staintondale Lass - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pts