Thanks to the non-runners this looks an open goal for CLOUDY GLEN who has the price to match. He will find this much easier than the hot Ascot hurdle he contested last time.
Cosheston can win the battle for second having shown some promise when a distant third here on his hurdles debut last time.
THE LAST DAY is several steps ahead of these rivals and likes heavy ground as he showed when just beaten at Ffos Las latest. He has more to offer against this modest company.
Trongate’s best form has come in bottomless ground as he showed with a win at Ayr three outings ago. A repeat of that would put him in the forecast spot.
DORKING COCK kept it simple by going from the front here last time to land a pretty decisive win. He showed lots of staying power up the hill there and that will be a major asset today.
Informateur won at Sedgefield and wasn’t disgraced here last time when fourth. He may have finished closer but for a late error. The Sue Smith yard is in decent form too.
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HOUBLON DES OBEAUX likes it soft and ran well in a good race when fourth at Newbury last time out. He’s creeping up the weights but will appreciate conditions and run his race.
Straidnahanna is a quirky type who didn’t get going at Catterick last time but ran well in the mud at Newcastle earlier and looks on a good mark. He looks a big price for a place.
INSTINGTIVE was a decent second over fences here last time and is back over hurdles from a lower handicap mark. He likes heavy ground and has scored over course and distance before. Most of these have questions and he’s worth a try.
Snowed In was a solid third at Wetherby latest and sees out this trip well. He was beaten in a tight finish here earlier and is another to consider.
Although he’s a short order, it may be worth taking on Road To Riches because he is more than capable of putting in a puzzling run. At the prices, it could be worth a small bet on SETTLEDOUTOFCOURT who had decent form before his layoff.
He stays 4m and likes the mud so could outplod the others if Road To Riches is having one of his off days.
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