Nearly went Twiston-Davies again in the handicap hurdle, Sam this time, but it’s the other Nicholls runner, Morito Du Berlais
, that catches the eye at the prices. He didn’t make the cut for the Pertemps last year but duly won at the end of March at Ascot over the furthest he’d been and looks as though he’ll get even further. A winner at this meeting last year on soft, the likely rain will not inconvenience and, for all he’s 19b higher now, it’s interesting his trainer is still persevering over hurdles when chasing is very much on the cards. Blinkers are added to the normal tongue-tie and his trainer uses them to good effect, as he does young claimers and Harry Cobden takes off a useful 7lb. In fact, whilst writing this, the price about Easter Day
has edged out further and looks too big. He’s well treated, goes at the track and on easy ground, and may just need a return to hurdles to get his confidence back.