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STEEL WAVE (best price 12-1) could never land a blow at Southwell twelve days ago after a bad mistake at a crucial part of the event but had placed off a 2Ib higher mark at the same venue last month in a higher-graded affair. He goes particularly well for Tom Scudamore, who partnered this horse to victory from a 15Ib higher mark when last successful. This isn’t the strongest of events and, on form at least, this eleven-year-old might be worth an each-way interest because he certainly has the back-class and capabilities to make an impact in this sort of company having only his second career outing in this grade with conditions holding no fears.
MORDRED (best price 10-3) looked really professional when second on hurdles debut, where he was always jumping and travelling smoothly before staying on under pressure behind one of today’s rivals, Butte Montana, who had the experience over obstacles. He is seven-pounds better off with Butte Montana here and was a smart sort on the flat, being rated as high as 95. He remains an exciting prospect in this scenario for Paul Webber and given the fact that the opponents are rated no higher than 119, it would come as a surprise if he couldn’t take higher rank in this division this term. His jumping was very assured for a debutant in this code the last day and, with that all-important experience under his belt alongside getting seven-pounds from the favourite, this imposing son of Camelot will hopefully be able to go one better this afternoon.
LITTLE BRUCE (best price 9-1) seemed to derive from the switch to this yard on the back of wind surgery when running an almighty race from the front on stable debut for Charlie Longsdon to finish a clear second to Storm Home over course-and-distance last month, in the bet365 Summer Cup. Neville’s Cross is probably feared most but his jumping can be an issue, while the likes of Ocean Cove, Young Wolf and a few of the others have plenty to prove at present. On the other hand, the top-weight jumps for fun, stays well and will find this ease in grade to his liking. He is now 10Ib better off with Storm Home on this occasion and, with his trainer in traditionally good form - who sends out just the one runner for today’s action, this likeable nine-year-old is fancied to give another bold showing of himself on return to the West Midlands venue.
This is an interesting renewal of the Wade Ceramics Handicap Hurdle and with Pinnacle Peak now declared a late non-runner, the complexity of this event has certainly opened up with the preference for the top-weight PYM (best price 8-1), each-way.
He lost his way on his final few starts for Nicky Henderson but he’s well-treated on his return to this code and his form figures in this grade or lower reads 1212121. It was only last year that he beat the 155-rated hurdler If The Cap Fits in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase (Listed). He was well beaten here last month on stable debut in the bet365 Summer Cup but would have needed the outing and this is a significant drop down in grade for a horse of his quality based on historical form. He’s been pulled up four times since February last year but all of those performances have been in races between Listed and Grade 1 company so he can be excused and, despite coming with risks attached of late, he’ll evidently find this easier having been highly tried during his career and is thrown in on old form, therefore, he’s worth a chance to potentially capitalise on his much-reduced mark back in this sphere with Henry Brooke retaining the ride.
THISTLE DO NICELY (best price 2-1) proved a point when returning an emphatic winner at Worcester last-time-out despite lacking conviction at some of his obstacles and, with a 3Ib rider seemingly on the generous side, this looks a good opportunity for him to double his tally over timber with his trainer in red-hot form at present. He was undeniably the best of these over hurdles, rated as high as 136 in which he chased home subsequent Grade 1 winner Dashel Drasher at Cheltenham. That is the best piece of form on offer and, although the strength of his winning form last-time-out is open to question given his main market rival unfortunately went lame, he should improve both physically and mentally now that he’s found his niche so is fancied to improve past Rhythm Is A Dancer, who may find it difficult giving 2Ib to Jamie Snowden’s charge who boasts the stronger profile of the pair.