13.38 Worcester

MAGIC DANCER (best price 15-2) wouldn’t be an obvious one for this discipline but these less-demanding fences should suit him and he was probably the best of this bunch over hurdles as he was knocking on the door towards the end of the last campaign when finishing runner-up in consecutive handicaps. He might be a little late to this discipline being a nine-year-old but has plenty of good-quality Cheltenham handicaps under his belt and his opening mark of 121 looks eminently workable. Trainer Kerry Lee has a good record at this venue, too, with limited runners and given this talented performer is her only runner on the card, he goes well fresh and can potentially strike on his chase debut. 

Magic Dancer - 1pt e/w @ 15/2

13.55 Fontwell

The eleven-year-old CREATIVE INERTA (best price 3-1) clearly retains his ability judged on this year’s efforts, winning once by fifteen lengths either side of placed efforts at Cheltenham and Warwick. He looked as though he’d strip fitter for the outing at Warwick last time on handicap debut and is on a good mark based on his hunter form. Now that Ben Clarke’s lightly-raced chaser has got a highly-promising reappearance run under his belt with more to come given his light but equally progressive profile, he’s fancied to carry the welter-burden to victory under Ben Jones. 

Creative Inerta - 1pt @ 3/1

13.55 Fontwell

I am also going to play a cover bet on this race with CAPTAIN CUCKOO (best price 11-1) who was highly-tried in his first three chase starts and was in the process of running a big race when taking a crunching fall last-time-out. His stiff examinations were against the likes of Evander, Hitman and plenty other good novice chasers’ and this is by far an easier task. In addition, he’s been given a good break to get over that tumble and, if resuming in the same sort of form on just his second outing in the handicapping scenario, this lightly-raced nine-year-old could easily exceed market expectations and go close. 

Captain Cuckoo - 1pt @ 11/1

14.13 Worcester 

Saint Palais could prove tough to beat if taking to this discipline but a chance is taken on the Jamie Snowden-trained EXOD’ELA (best price 10-1) (NAP) who has run well fresh in the past and could improve on his smart hurdles form at the first time of asking over the larger obstacles off an attractive mark with Tom O’Brien in the plate. 

Undeniably, he’s inconsistent, but his form figures besides his effort in both the Lanzarote and Stayers Hurdle Series Final read a solid 2323135326F. He was rated as high as 125 in that code last year so an opening mark of 117 ahead of his chase debut looks lenient, while most of his efforts were in either class 3 or higher company so this grade is well within his capabilities when in the mood. Tom O’Brien is a positive jockey booking and I think his mount has a better chance of reaching the frame, at least, than his odds suggest, especially if his jumping passes the test, so he makes a lot of each-way appeal.

Exod’ela - 1pt e/w @ 10/1