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SPECIAL CATCH (best price 10-1)
can be a little hit and miss, but he found a beautiful rhythm at his fences at Newcastle last time until hitting the third last and fading. It could be that the really deep ground found him out that day and the faster conditions might assist today.
Plus Jamais represents a yard struggling for winners at this venue but he has the form to be on the scene, while Uhlan Bute, a good second at Ludlow last time, and Raktiman (a revelation in the tongue tie at Catterick) are others to consider.
Special Catch - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
Restorer and Windshear top the ratings but both are making their return to action and a hard-fit OUR CHANNEL (best price 3-1)
may expose any chinks. The selection is assembling a decent all-weather profile and probably won a little snugly over course and distance last time when seeing off Truth Or Dare. The well-travelled Windshear is arguably better over further these days so Passover could prove one of the chief threats given he was highly impressive when last seen on soft ground last autumn.
Our Channel - 1pt @ 3/1
FINGERONTHESWITCH (best price 10-1)
may have incurred the wrath of the handicapper for a decisive Doncaster victory last time, but he can defy a hefty rise with victory in the Apollobet Challenger Stayers Hurdle Final. The assessor handed Neil Mulholland’s charge a stone impost for his three-length defeat of Pinnacle Panda on Town Moor and some may feel that treatment is a punitive penalty given the margin of success.However, the selection had travelled very sweetly before putting the race to bed and he appears to be thriving now he is encountering a sounder surface.
Some of his performances earlier this season read well in hindsight, especially his eight-length defeat at the hands of subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Unowhatimeanharry at Cheltenham before Christmas. It would be daft to take that form literally, but Fingerontheswitch also beat Ballydine on good ground before the turn of the year and that victim won his next two before demanding the much-vaunted Barters Hill pull out all the stops in January.
There is 6mm of rain forecast overnight which may not play to the gelding’s strengths, however he coped well with easy ground at Cheltenham in December so conditions can hardly be said to be against him.
Fingerontheswitch - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
There is a chance BARSANTI (best price 3-1)
maybe a little green for a test of this nature at this stage of his career, but he won like a horse well in advance of his mark at Chelmsford and could be capable of overcoming his inexperience with that run under his belt.
Dutch Uncle stems from a yard going well and some of his form on the turf last year reads very well, especially his effort behind Time Test in a Newbury handicap. All-weather stalwarts Pactolus and Afonso De Sousa are others to consider.
Barsanti - 1pt @ 3/1
With the Micky Hammond team in great form, AULDTHUNDER (best price 10-1)
has really turned the corner since the turn of the year and his only defeat has come over hurdles when beaten by a progressive rival at Wetherby. His other three starts over fences since stepped up in trip have yielded victories by 8l, 5l and 4l at the expense of Jac The Legend (blinkered first time today) at Sedgefield last time. This obviously represents a step up in class, but he could still be well treated. Final Assault and Bodega, unlucky to be brought down last week at Uttoxeter, are others to consider.
Auldthunder - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1
Related and Mishaal were first and second in this race 12 months ago, but are without a recent outing this time so it could pay to concentrate on STEELRIVER (best price 7-2)
and Spring Loaded. The former has a string of unfortunate defeats on his cv and it doesn’t always pay to keep affording sprinters excuses but he has a fair record at this venue and narrowly gains the nod over Spring Loaded who boasts an excellent strike rate for a sprinter and is 3-5 at today’s venue.
Steelriver - 1pt e/w @ 7/2
TEO VIVO (best price 13-2)
had a number of today’s rivals behind him at Musselburgh last time (Jonny Delta 2nd, Serenity Now 3rd, El Beau 4th, Venue 7th, Silver Duke 8th), has progressed with each run this term and conditions should be fine for him to launch a big challenge.
BABY KING (best price 22-1)
has faced some stiff tasks since winning here last November and the better ground should suit. His yard have been among the winners this week.
Apterix, a game winner at Ludlow, is improving with each run over hurdles and his yard traditionally perform well at this fixture.
Teo Vivo - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
Baby King - 0.5pts e/w @ 20/1