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This isn’t as strong as some of the events GLORY AND FORTUNE (best price 11-4) (NAP) has contested of late and, assuming he can finally hold it together, Tom Lacey’s charge should be more than good enough to land the feature race on the card and is the days best bet.
The six-year-old is a bit of an underachiever in my view as his win ratio doesn’t reflect his ability on the whole as some of his form is head and shoulders above what most of the remainder here have achieved. He won his bumper at Cheltenham on debut before winning on hurdles debut and ran an almighty race to get within a neck of the 153-rated Buzz off level weights at Doncaster last year. His chasing career didn’t go according to plan but he’s been far from discredited this year back over the smaller obstacles. For instance, he finished an highly-respectable midfield in the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle and then pushed subsequent winner Vision Du Puy close at Stratford when attempting to give the winner five-pounds. The winner boosted the form by returning a next-time-out winner from a mark of 127 and Tom Lacey’s talented individual ran well to finish in the Grade 2 Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle despite lacking conviction at most of his obstacles. He was last seen running to something near his best with the hood refitted when second at Ludlow, conceding fifteen-pounds to Cotton End, yet beaten only a length and might have won without a shuddering mistake at the second last. He is returning from a break but goes well fresh and given the mere fact that he’s not just hit an RPR above 125 in his last six outings but has done that in four of his last outings, which is miles the best on display, and he’s been found a very winnable opportunity here being the class act in the field.
Quite a few of his rivals have question marks against them but trainer Paul Nicholls has an excellent strike-rate at this venue and his only runner on the card, DOGON (best price 5-2), is fancied to take some stopping in a field he should be able to dominate under Bryony Frost in the Peter Earl Memorial Handicap Chase.
His habitual temperamental attitude has often cost him fortune more times than not but, in essence, he’s become dangerously well-handicapped and went close from a two-pound higher mark when caught in the final few strides at Newton Abbot back in July. His finishing efforts has left a lot to be desired lately having travelled powerfully on both occasions but this track should suit his confirmed front-running tactics and the return to better ground over two-miles will also be a key factor in his chances. Furthermore, his trainer has had twelve winners from twenty-seven runners over a five-year period here so, in truth, it will be disappointing if he can’t get the job done this time around in what is an ordinary race for the grade, especially when you take into account that he thumped the 122-rated Poker School at Southwell July last year over this trip on similar ground.
This could turn out to be a decent juvenile hurdle but the experience of FRED BEAR (best price 7-2) could be key here and he gets the verdict to take the scalp of both The Yellow Mini and Impulsive One.
He’s taken well to hurdling and having finished runner-up at both Stratford and Newton Abbot, he absolutely trounced a useful field back at Stratford last time from the front. He set a furious gallop from flag-fall and it was to his credit that he had the whole field in trouble a long way from the finish and still won by an easy three-lengths despite making a mistake at the last. The form looks decent, too, as the third would have won next-time-out without falling at the last at Perth. He has a penalty to carry but he has plenty of positives in his favour and should be very competitive.