CHEPSTOW: Full 7 Race Preview (12/10/19)

2.10 – Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle (Class 4) 2m11y

Nordano made the perfect start to his hurdling career at Huntingdon two weeks ago and he should be well suited by the demands of Chepstow.

Formerly with Mark Johnston on the flat, the son of Jukebox Jury jumped slightly left at the Cambridgeshire track but displayed a fine attitude and indeed aptitude for his new job. Therefore, he is a very lively contender here – especially with Bryony Frost maintaining the partnership.

Sir Phycho displayed potential on the flat when placing third behind the Dermot Weld trained Tinandali at Leopardstown in April. The winner in now rated 102 on the level and Paul Nicholls is well renowned for his ability to turn decent flat horses into smart juvenile hurdlers.

The champion jumps trainer unleashed subsequent Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle scorer Quel Destin in the corresponding contest 12 months ago, and Sir Phycho will carry the same green and red silks of Martin Broughton and Friends.

Repetitio could only finish third when sent off well supported 13/8 favourite at Marken Rasen last month. Therefore, he will need to improve in order to feature in these deeper waters. While Catch The Cuban, who could only place third on debut, will also need to progress.

Evan Williams will saddle the unraced Arctic Snow – a gelded son of Frankel who is a half-brother to 7 previous winners. The Welsh handler often runs promising prospects at this meeting, therefore a market check may prove prudent.

Michael Easterby will saddle both George Ridsdale and Soft Summer Rain, who have offered little reason for optimism on the flat this summer. However, hurdles have ignited many careers over the years, and both could conceivably improve for the switch to jumping.

While Magic Shuffle, who has been consistent at his level on the flat this summer, will also debut over hurdles.

SUMMARY:

Paul Nicholls tends to run one of his more promising juvenile hurdle prospects in this opening contest and has an intriguing contender in the form of Sir Psycho, who hinted at ability on his second outing for Eddie Harty on the flat. The unraced Arctic Snow is also interesting recruit to hurdling. While Catch The Cuban could progress and has race fitness in his favour. However, it may pay to side with Neil King’s Huntingdon scorer NORDANO, who appears to have the most scope for improvement following his cosy debut success ten days ago. The promising son of Jukebox Jury failed to score on the flat but appeared to relish his new job at the Cambridgeshire venue, where he jumped well on the whole – albeit occasionally left, which won’t be an issue around here – and hit the line full of running. It won’t be easy to concede 6lbs to some potentially smart opponents, however, he may be able to make his experience count.

1. Nordano 2. Sir Psycho 3. Catch The Cuban

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2.45 – Gent Transport and Warehousing 45th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m11y

Highest Sun achieved a good level of form in five outings last winter, including a close up third placed finish behind Didtheyleaveyououtto and Thomas Darby at Ascot, and a fourth placed finish behind subsequent Betfair Hurdle scorer Al Dancer at Cheltenham in December. His solitary success last winter came over this course and distance in February, and he will line-up off a 5lbs higher mark tomorrow.

That extra 5lbs certainly wouldn’t have stopped Colin Tizzard’s charge in February and the booking of Jonjo O’Neill jr takes a handy 3lbs off his back. I would be inclined to put a line through his only subsequent effort when running down the field in Coral Cup at Cheltenham, as a race of that nature requires plenty of experience. Therefore, he rates a very lively player is this open looking contest.

Crooks Peak was sent off an 8/1 chance for the ultra-competitive County Hurdle in March following a hat-trick of successes at Exeter, Kempton and Newbury respectively.

Philip Hobbs’ six-year-old only beat two rivals home in the Cotswolds and looked very out of sorts when a distant fourth on his latest outing at Newton Abbot in May. However, he doesn’t appear to be too harshly treated on the pick of his form, and he will return to action with his yard in good form.

Teqany scored over both hurdles and fences in Ireland before joining Fergal O’Brien, and he could have plenty more to offer judged on his success at Stratford in early September.

The grey son of Dark Angel placed second behind Niel King’s consistent performer Cubswin on his penultimate outing, with recent hat-trick scorer Chapmanshype following them home in third, which provides further support to the theory that Teqany may have more to come.

Diamond Guy will return to action after 17 months on the sidelines.

Paul Nicholls’ lightly raced six-year-old won two of his three starts in novice hurdles in 2017/18, and a mark of 129 could easily underestimate his true potential. The champion trainer likes to make sure that those who spend a significant period of time off the track are fit and ready to run on their first start back, therefore any market confidence would be noteworthy.

Peter The Mayo Man is also returning from a spell on the sidelines.

The three-time hurdle winner will be having just his second start for Dan Skelton, which would normally render him of interest. However, he will need to be at the top of his game to defy a mark of 136, and this race may be a stepping-stone towards something else.

The master of Lodge Hill will also field Gortroe Joe, who should strip fitter for his return to action at Uttoxeter. The Beneficial gelding is currently rated 7lbs lower over hurdles, but he is yet to score over the minimum trip and others make more appeal.

Howling Milan ran respectably without troubling the judges in highly competitive novice contests at Newbury and Newcastle prior to recording a resounding 26 lengths success at the former venue in January, where his front-running tactics paid dividends.

The manner of that success earned the Milan gelding an official rating of 134, which looks stiff enough based on what he achieved against relatively weak opposition. However, he does have scope to improve further and he will be partnered by Sam Twiston-Davies once again.

Quoi De Neuf proved 10 lengths too good for the above mentioned Howling Milan in the pointing field last year and he also rates a danger in this open looking contest.

Evan Williams’ five-year-old followed up a debut success at Aintree with a fourth placed finish in Grade 2 company at Sandown last winter, after which, he had the misfortune of bumping into the smart Good Boy Bobby at Ffos Las in April, where he displayed a tendency to jump out to the right.

The scopey son of Anzillero will need to jump straighter tomorrow and will likely be seen to best effect when heading over fences. However, he does look fairly handicapped off a mark of 127 and connections are clearly keen to explore that avenue first.

Northofthewall placed seventh in the concluding bumper on this card 12 months ago and although his form figures hardly inspire confidence, the level of his form in not too dissimilar to that of Bold Plan, who is a single figure price for the Grade 3 Silver Trophy later on the card. Therefore, any market support would be interesting.

Speed Company placed third behind Silver Trophy contender Flash The Steel on his penultimate start over hurdles and arrives fit and ready to run following a summer spent on the flat. While Generous Day, who enjoyed a productive season novice chasing last winter, will look to exploit an 8lbs lower mark over timber.

River Bray landed a brace of novice hurdles during the spring, but may find these waters to deep in his seasonal reappearance. While Louis’ Vac Pouch, who hasn’t ran over hurdles since placing twelfth in the Silver Trophy 12 months ago, looks handicapped up to his best at present.

SUMMARY:

Crooks Peak could bounce back after disappointing in the spring and is only 2lbs higher than when winning at Newbury. While Diamond Guy, who was a smart novice in the spring of 2018, could be dangerous if primed for his return to action. Speed Company is fit from the flat and looks fairly treated on recent hurdling form. While Quoi De Neuf looks fairly handicapped and could run well down in trip. However, HIGHEST SUN is effectively only 2lbs higher than when comfortably scoring over this course and distance in February, therefore he makes plenty of appeal in the hands of talented conditional jockey Jonjo O’Neill jr. Colin Tizzard’s five-year-old won on soft ground in France and returns to action with his yard in good form.

1. Highest Sun 2. Quoi De Neuf 3. Speed Company

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3.20 – Native River Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m7f131y

Drinks Interval won a novice chase over this course and distance 12 months ago and is simply deadly when jumping well at the head of affairs. Her recent form-figures of PFP hardly inspire confidence, however, she could prove hard to peg-back if granted an uncontested lead and she may be fairly treated off a mark of 137.

Nigel Twiston-Davies will saddle last seasons Welsh Grand National sixth Ballyoptic, who won the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle on this card in 2016.

The stamina-laden nine-year-old isn’t always the most reliable of jumpers but he does possess a smart engine and represents a trainer in good form. Therefore a big run can not be entirely ruled out despite his welter-weight burden.

Royal Vacation is another contender who looks handicapped up to his best at present, however, he is more than capable of running a big race if everything goes right.

The versatile Lil Rockerfeller is yet to truly convince over fences but does possess plenty of class and could go well if jumping soundly. While Relentless Dreamer, who has been off the track since a successful seasonal debut at Cheltenham 12 months ago, is likely to have been trained with this race in mind, therefore he could go close off a 4lbs higher mark.

Cloth Cap was last seen finishing third in the Scottish Grand National and may have more to offer off a 3lbs higher mark. While last seasons Kim Muir Challenge Cup sixth Captain Chaos – who remains on a mark of 135 – placed last on his seasonal reappearance is this race 12 months ago, and his overall record when fresh hardly inspires confidence.

Cap Du Nord rattled-up a hat-trick during the spring, but looks handicapped right up to his best at present. He will be the mount of 7lbs claimer Jack Tudor.

SUMMARY:

Rebecca Curtis has her string in fine form at present and Relentless Dreamer could go well off a 4lbs higher mark than when victorious on his seasonal reappearance 12 months ago. Lil Rockerfeller will appreciate stepping back up in trip and could feature if jumping soundly. While Royal Vacation, who will have the assistance of talented conditional jockey Jonjo O’Neill jr, is more than capable on his day. However, he is on a tough mark at present and it may pay to side with his talented stablemate DRINKS INTERVAL, who comes with risks attached but could prove hard to catch if granted an uncontested lead. Colin Tizzard’s course and distance winner looks fairly treated off a mark of 137 and has a proven ability to go well fresh. She does have a tendency to hit a fence or two on the way around, but she is super slick when meeting her obstacles on the right stride and she should make a bold bid off a nice racing weight.

1. Drinks Interval 2. Relentless Dreamer 3. Royal Vacation

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3.55 – Low Cost Vans Novices’ Chase (For The Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy) (Class 1) 2m3f98y

Colin Tizzard launched the chasing career of Cue Card in this very contest in 2011, who had none other than subsequent dual King George VI winner Silviniaco Conti back in third. This year the master of Venn Farm Stables will rely upon the hugely exciting Reserve Tank, who signed off for last season with a brace of Grade 1 victories at Aintree and Punchestown respectively.

The strong travelling son of Jeremy could only finish third on his hurdling debut at this fixture 12 months ago, however, he simply thrived once stepping up in trip and quickly developed into one of the seasons leading novice hurdlers with an official rating of 151.

Brewin’Upastorm, Angels Breath and Sam’s Profile can be counted amongst his springtime victims and the five-year-old, who possesses scope and potential in equal measure, could easily develop into a Grade 1 novice chaser over intermediate trips this winter. Therefore it goes without saying that he is a very strong contender in this field.

As indicated by the presence of the aforementioned Silviniaco Conti in 2011, Paul Nicholls also likes to introduce smart prospects in this early season contest and this year the champion trainer will saddle talented mare Posh Trish, who ran out an impressive 4 lengths winner of a mares novice hurdle on this very card last year.

The Highclere Thouroughbred owned mare only tasted defeat twice last season while winning her other 4 outings by a combined distance of twenty-one-and-a-quarter-lengths. A well built daughter of Stowaway, Posh Trish comfortably defeated smart mare Getaway Katie Mai on her solitary start between the flags at Lemonfield in March 2017, therefore there is good reason to believe that she can find significant improvement for the switch to fences, which would naturally put her right in the mix.

Stablemate Secret Investor is already a Grade 2 winner over fences and holds a significant experience advantage over his opposition.

Paul Nicholls’ charge performed with great credit on four of his five visits to the racetrack last season, placing second in both Grade 2 company at Wincanton and Listed company at Warwick before finishing the season with a brace of smart victories at Wincanton and Ayr respectively.

The spritely son of Kayf Tara already boasts a rating of 150 over the larger obstacles, and he should run well with Harry Cobden in the saddle.

Jarveys Plate ran out a 13 lengths winner of a Listed novice hurdle at Cheltenham in January and was deemed good enough to contest the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices Hurdle in March by his local trainer Fergal O’Brien.

This looks a tough race in which to make his fencing bow, however, he ended his novice hurdle campaign with an official rating of 141 and therefore wasn’t too far behind the top novices around last winter, which puts him in the right mix if ready to perform.

SUMMARY:

Jarveys Plate faces a tough task on his debut in this sphere, but he should gain valuable experience that will stand him in good stead. While Secret Investor already boasts plenty of experience but is perhaps seen to best effect on quicker ground. Dual Grade 1 winning novice hurdler Reserve Tank will undoubtedly prove popular on his chasing debut, however, he took time to find his true form over hurdles and may therefore be vulnerable first time out, which just leaves smart mare POSH TRISH, who won her solitary start between the flags at Lemonfield in March 2017. Paul Nicholls’ talented mare won at this meeting 12 months ago and could prove hard to peg back in receipt of weight. The scopey daughter of Stowaway won first time out in both 2017 and 2018, and she will not be inconvenienced by any rain that arrives. Therefore, she has plenty going for her in this quality event.

1. Posh Trish 2. Reserve Tank 3. Secret Investor

(NOTE: Posh Trish is also declared for Newton Abbot on Sunday)

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4.30 – Cotswold Stone Supplies Ltd Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Class 1) 2m3f100y

French import Greaneteen created a good impression on his two visits to the racetrack last winter, winning comfortably on his British debut at Exeter before displaying battling qualities to see off a smooth previous winner at Fontwell three weeks later.

The son of Great Pretender suffered a small setback following those successes and therefore hasn’t been sighted since. However, Paul Nicholls has spoken positivity about the five-year-old in recent weeks and he could easily prove better that a mark of 134.

Imperial Aura arrives here in search of a four-timer following a smooth bumper success and two smarts victories over hurdles.

Kim Baileys exciting youngster bumped into Commanche Red (first), Beakstown (second) and Getaway Trump (fourth) when placing third on his racecourse debut at Kempton in February 2018, and he put that experience to good use when scoring comfortably at Ludlow next time out. He then defeated Irish raider Sole Pretender, who won his next three starts, and the Warren Greatrex trained Trio For Rio, who won his next outing by 17 lengths, by a commanding three-and-a-quarter-lengths on his hurdling debut at Carlisle, which was then followed-up by smooth success at Newcastle.

This obviously represents a significant rise in class for the Imperial Racing owned gelding. However, he has been impressive thus far and a mark of 133 certainly appears to underestimate his true ability.

Bold Plan will represent Welsh handler Evan Williams, who has landed this valuable prize twice in the last 4 years with Court Minstrel.

This lightly raced son of Jeremy bumped into some smart opposition last winter and actually got the better of subsequent Grade 2 Dovecot Novices’ Hurdle scorer Southfield Stone at Taunton in February. Like both Greaneteen and Imperial Aura, Bold Plan looks potentially well treated off a mark of 132 and he warrants the utmost respect given his trainers recent record in the race.

Dan Skelton is well renowned for being one of most meticulous race planners in the game, therefore he many have had this valuable prize in mind for quite some time. The aspiring champion trainer will saddle Flash The Steel tomorrow, who is already battle-hardened after competing in handicaps last season.

The hardy son of Craigsteel ran a fine race to place fifth in a good heat at Sandown on the final day of last season, and he could go well off the same mark of 130 if suited by this longer trip.

Beaufort West, who is having his first outing since being pulled-up in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, kept good company last season and this step-up in trip may yield improvement. While Alrightjack, who faces a tough assignment on just his sixth start over hurdles, was only beaten half a length by a subsequent winner last time out and remains open to further improvement

The presence of 2017 Betfair Hurdle winner Ballyandy will ensure that the aforementioned challengers will line-up with nice racing weights tomorrow, however, if he can replicate the form of his third placed effort in the ultra-competitive Coral Cup in March, he could easily sneak into the frame with those bookmakers offering enhanced placed terms.

Last years victor Garo De Juilley will attempt to defend his crown off a 3lbs higher mark, and he will strip fitter for a second placed effort at Cartmel in late August. While stablemate Man Of Plenty, who scored an impressive 7 lengths victory in Listed company at Sandown last December, is still 6lbs above his last winning mark, but often runs well in these competitive heats.

The Knot Is Tied got off the mark at the fifth time of asking when stepping-up in trip at Newbury in March, where he successfully conceded 15lbs to David Pipe’s solid yardstick Legal History, who won his next two outings at Ascot and Exeter.

With that in mind – a mark of 127 may underestimate Neil King’s charge, who will encounter favourable conditions tomorrow. Therefore, a market check is advised.

Grade 2 scorer Coolanly will compete from a 4lbs lower mark than when placing fifth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle in March. While Champagne Court, who was fourth in that same Cheltenham contest, will run of the same rating of 126.

Both have scope for further improvement over timber and make fair appeal from a handicapping perspective.

Both Zanza and Remastered are previous course winners who will represent Philip Hobbs and David Pipe respectively.

The former found the Betfair Hurdle too-much-too-soon in February, however, he bounced back to form with a gutsy success against vastly more experienced rivals at Newbury next time out. That experience will stand him in good stead tomorrow and he returns to action with his yard in fine form.

The latter may lack experience but does boast potential, and he won on his seasonal debut last term, which bodes well for tomorrow. However, it is entirely possible that we won’t see the best of him until he has his attentions switched to fences and he may find the hustle and bustle of this hotly contested handicap too much to handle at this stage of his career.

Didtheyleaveyououtto scored a nose victory over Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Thomas Darby at Ascot last November, but has failed to impress in three subsequent starts. He clearly wasn’t suited by a trip just shy of 3 miles at the Galway festival in August, but he may prove more effective over this slightly reduced distance. The better the ground, the better his chance.

Indefatigable was only a neck behind smart mare Lady Buttons in Grade 2 company at Doncaster in January and signed off last season with a Listed success at Cheltenham. This intermediate trip looks ideal at this stage of her career and a mark of 137 looks fair on the balance of her form.

Tight Call was successful on his latest outing Fontwell, however, he is competing from 3lbs out of the handicap. While Chic Name, who will represent the jockey/trainer combination of James Best and Richard Hobson, placed thirteenth in the corresponding contest 12 months ago, and is unlikely to fair much better this time around.

SUMMARY:

Greaneteen has scope for further improvement but may lack the experience for a contest such as this. While Didtheyleaveyououtto and Bold Plan are lightly raced contenders and still have scope for progression. However, they may be battling it out for the minor honours if IMPERIAL AURA is a well treated as his form would suggest. Kim Baileys six-year-old comfortably defeated the 148 rated Sole Pretender in a novice hurdle at Carlisle last term and can land this prize before heading over fences. THE KNOT IS TIED could also have more to come after successfully conceding 15lbs to a subsequent dual scorer on his final outing last term. He may represent good each-way value at a double figure price.

1. Imperial Aura 2. The Knot Is Tied 3. Bold Plan

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5.05 – John Ayres Memorial Chase (Class 2) 2m3f98y

Charbel carried top-weight to victory in the corresponding contest 12 months ago and will look to double up off a 3lbs higher mark tomorrow. The classy son of Iffraaj has won on his seasonal reappearance in 4 of the last 5 seasons and his trainer, Kim Bailey, has been amongst the winners already this week, which bodes well for his prospects. David Bass knows the eight-year-old better than anyone and will undoubtedly look put both his stamina and sound jumping to good use.

Capeland chased home subsequent Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate fourth Eamon An Cnoic at Chepstow in February before contesting the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Fetaival in March, a race in which he was soundly beaten after blundering badly at 4 from home. He could only finish fourth of four runners in handicap company at Ascot on his final outing last term, and he may find life tough off his current rating of 144.

Doitforthevillage ran out a comfortable 7 lengths winner over this course and distance in December and confirmed his ability to perform off his new mark when placing third in the Grade 3 Topham Chase at Aintree in the spring.

Paul Henderson’s ten-year-old is thoroughly consistent at this level and will have the assistance of Paddy Brennan once more. He is undoubtedly seen to best effect with juice in the ground, so any rain that arrives between now and flag-fall will certainly be a bonus.

Caid Du Lin is yet to score over this far and looks handicapped right up to his best at present. While stablemate Theo, who placed second at Kelso last Sunday, is the mount of Sam Twiston-Davies.

Dr Richard Newland has his string in fine form at present and another bold bid is possible.

Activial secured a brace of sixth placed finishes in Grade 3 company at Cheltenham last season and may have place claims if ready to do himself justice on his seasonal reappearance. While the ever popular Whisper, who will have his first outing for Sam Thomas, is perhaps best watched for the time being given his lacklustre outing at Haydock in May.

The Bay Birch ended last season in good heart with a brace of victories at Bangor and Haydock. However, both of those victories came against her own sex and she may find life very tricky this season off a career high mark of 145.

Valdez was consistent at this level last season, but isn’t obviously well treated off a mark of 144. While Marracudja, who is perhaps seen to best effect over the minimum distance, may be best watched tomorrow.

Templehills has dropped to a mark 2lbs below his last winning rating, however, form figures of FP805 on his last five trips to the racecourse hardly inspire confidence. While Aintree My Dream, who has shown little enthusiasm since a Stratford success in April, is now only 1lb above that winning mark, but may find these waters too deep.

SUMMARY:

Charbel defied a mark of 154 in this 12 months ago and will undoubtedly make a bold bid once more. While Capeland, who is on a tough enough mark, hails from a yard in form and could run-on into a place. However, Paul Henderson will be licking his lips at the prospect of rain as his charge DOITFORTHEVILLAGE is particularly effective on soft ground. The experienced ten-year-old ran out an impressive 7 lengths winner over this course and distance in December, and was last seen placing third off his revised mark in Grade 3 company at Aintree. His record when fresh is nothing special, however, he was in the process of running a big race prior to a significant mistake on his seasonal reappearance 12 months ago, and there is every chance that his canny trainer will have him plenty forward this year.

1. Doitforthevillage 2. Charbel 3. Capeland

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5.40 – Chris & Lisa’s Big Birthday Bash Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 4) 2m11y

Paul Nicholls won the corresponding contest 12 months ago with the exciting McFabulous and will hope to repeat the feat with Glenlivet – a four-year-old son of Flemensfirth who is a full brother to useful handicap chaser Knockgraffon.

Glenlivet cost €52,000 as a three-year-old and, needless to say, could be anything at this stage. However, he certainly commands respect with his yard in good form.

A Book Of Intrigue and Cubao bring bumper winning form to the table.

The former is dual scorer after placing third on debut but, as such, will have to concede 10lbs to all but one of his rivals. While the latter, who will carry the familiar blue and white striped silks that Teaforthree carried to Cheltenham Festival success in 2012, justified favouritism at Ludlow in May, and will have to defy a 7lbs penalty to land the spoils once more.

Gastara and The Big Yin were runners-up on debut and will hope to go one place better for Johnny Farrelly and Jo Davis respectively. While Robsam, who could only place sixth on debut at Plumpton in March, will need to find significant improvement.

Saint Arvans will carry the colours of his owner/breeder John Deer and is named after nearby village, which would make him a popular winner for Tom Lacey.

The well bred son of Motivator is related to 8 previous winners and hails from a yard that does well in this sphere. Therefore strong market support would be of no surprise.

Jonjo O’Neill will saddle both Kilbrook and Skylanna Breeze.

The former, who placed second on his solitary start between the flags at Portrush in March, is a half-brother to smart handicapper Huntsman Son and could easily run well if ready for this assignment. While the latter, who chased home subsequent €360,000 purchase The Big Getaway at Quakerstown in April, is also an intriguing contender, but may prove to be a slow-burner under rules.

Philip Hobbs landed this race with Duke Des Champs in 2014 and will launch the career of Everglow in this years renewal. While Butte Montana, who will represent a trainer that does well in bumpers – namely Fergal O’Brien, is another interesting newcomer who warrants a market check.

Make Me A Believer, who looked set to play a role in the finish before crashing out the three from home at Ballyarthur in March, is yet another point-to-point graduate who will look to make a smooth transition to life under rules. While Litigate, who is a half brother to bumper scorer Indefatigable, will debut for Paul Webber and Gavin Sheehan.

Colin Tizzard has enjoyed plenty of success with the progeny of Oscar and he will be hopeful that Oscars Moonshine can bring him further luck this season.

The four-year-old, whose dam was a bumper winner, cost €50,000 as a three-year-old and, it goes without saying, he could be anything at this stage.

The former dairy farmer will also saddle Buckhorn George, who is half-brother to Buckhorn Timmy and Buckhorn Tom.

The first named sibling managed to win a bumper at Ludlow in 2014, but a debut success here seems an unlikely outcome.

Oscar Robertson, who was a runner-up between the flags this spring, will make his debut for Tom George.

SUMMARY:

Glenlivet will represent last years winning trainer Paul Nicholls and will attract support as a result. While Cubao, who will represent the in-form operation of Rebecca Curtis, may fare best of those who already boast experience. However, this may go the way of debutant SAINT ARVANS, a son of 2005 Derby hero Motivator who was bred locally by John Deer. Tom Lacey does particularly well in this sphere and is currently operating at a 43% strike-rate with 3 winners from his last 7 runners. The well bred five-year-old is named after a nearby town – therefore he would prove a popular winner of this concluding contest.

1. Saint Arvans 2. Cubao 3. Glenlivet

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SELECTIONS:

2.10 – Nordano 7/1 – 1pt each-way (Betfair, Paddy Power)

2.45 – Highest Sun 7/1 – 1pt each-way (Bet365)

3.20 – Drinks Interval 8/1 – 1pt each-way (Generally)

3.55 – Posh Trish 5/1 – 1pt win (Skybet, Betfair, Paddy Power)

4.30 – Imperial Aura 5/1– 2pt win (Betfair, BetVictor, Paddy Power)

The Knot Is Tied 20/1 – 1pt each-way (Betfair, BetVictor, Paddy Power)

5.05 – Doitforthevillage 9/1– 1pt each-way (Betfair, Paddy Power)

5.40 – Saint Arvans 16/1 – 1pt each-way (Bet365)

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