Architect Tips is back with four tips for today's action.
Martin Keighley’s DEBDEN BANK (best price 9/2) has won four times over fences, in which three of those were off higher marks than today’s mark and he has run with credit the last two times, including over course-and-distance last time over three miles. He’s now twelve pounds below his last winning mark, albeit that was over fences and should appreciate the drop in distance. He gets on well with James Best and conditions are favourable too, so despite being hard to predict at times, if he’s on a going day. he’s entitled to have a big say in the outcome of this event.
CLUAIN AODHA (best price 6/1) has finished runner-up in both her starts over hurdles and probably would have won last time but for hanging all over the course down the home straight. The winner has been beaten since but she makes her handicap debut off what is a fair mark and the way she kept going last time suggested she’s got a decent sized engine with improvement to come. She is likely to be ridden prominently again here and prove fully adaptable over this short distance, so with more to come, she should make a bold bid and therefore appeals most at the morning odds.
HIGH STAKES (best price 9/4) pushed a good horse close on his hurdles debut last year in the shape of Famous Bridge and was in the process of running well in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle until falling at the last. He was pulled up in a Grade Two next time but that was a deep race and he gained a confidence-booster victory over course-and-distance last time, easily brushing aside a tough campaigner in the form of No No Maestro. His close-up second to Ballygrifincottage at Lingfield back in January is a useful piece of form given the winner ran a cracker to finish fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next time. He meets no opponent of that calibre here and has an excellent chance.
David Pipe’s FREE CHAKARTE (best price 9/1) needs to rediscover her form having run below-par when down the field here last time on handicap debut but it’s possible the wind surgery will come into effect now and the drop in grade will certainly help too. This filly chased home the smart Mucuna in her first three starts and the return to positive tactics here looks the right move as all of her best form has been when ridden prominently in her races. The cheekpieces are applied, which should help, and she is lurking in a dangerous mark of 102 in this grade for the first time, so she’s strongly considered each-way at decent odds.