Warren Greatrex’s charge impressed last time out by the way she powered effortlessly clear.
LIBBY MAE (best price 15/8)
avoided picking up a penalty when making an assured winning hurdling debut at Sedgefield 12 days ago, and with stamina clearly being her number one attribute, testing conditions at today’s track make her an enticing betting proposition. Not only was Micky Hammond’s mare impressive visually at the Durham venue, she also clocked a decent overall and final circuit time combined and if she can translate that sort of performance away from her favourite track to the contours of today’s course, the daughter of High Chaparral should keep her unbeaten record over hurdles intact.
LIBBY MAE - 1pt @ 15/8Non Runner
Without sounding like the contradiction of all time, EMPIRE OF DIRT (best price 7/2)
is a pretty decent jumper despite his recent form figures suggesting otherwise, and he can prove that statement is worth its salt by having a large say in the outcome of this handicap chase. On two of his last three starts, Colm Murphy’s charge has travelled like the most likely winner until a case of over-jumping has seen him hit the floor, and as the latest of those capsizes was in the red-hot Troytown at Navan (three out), he will hopefully find today’s company a little more easier to handle with a clear round.
EMPIRE OF DIRT - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pts
LA BAGUE AU ROI (NAP) (best price evens)
confirmed the original impression of her debut success with an equally authoritative display at Aintree last time out and she looks ready to take the step up in grade in her considerable stride. Looking more like the finished article mentally at the Liverpool venue, Warren Greatrex’s charge impressed by the way she went through the race before powering effortlessly clear in the latter stages and as there’s likely to be more to come from the daughter of Doctor Dino, it will take a decent performance by one of her rivals to lower her colours.
LA BAGUE AU ROI - 2pts @ 1/1Won 2pts