Timeform welcome Newton Abbot's return with a Placepot perm.
"Don’t Call Me Oscar has to go in, the hot streak he’s clearly on too powerful to resist..."
14:10 - Hurdling newcomers Pengo's Boy and Act Now are possibly a threat to Global Thrill, but probably not to Seven Nation Army, whose form against useful rivals reads well in this lesser race.
14:40 - Eight run and three stand out, so we should be able to get by without taking favourite Otago Trail. Earthmoves was disappointing last time and Drumlee Lad's win in Ireland is excuse enough for the Pipe yard to get cracking with him straight away, so he's the best choice.
15:10 - This is far more competitive and contains just seven runners. The only one worthy of our full faith is Achimota, who hasn't run a bad race all season. Velator is a more reluctant second choice, for all he's favourite, his form hit-and-miss but his good run last time combined with the booking of Sean Bowen is enough to have us bring him onside.
15:40 - The biggest handicap field of the day, but there are plenty of low-level performers we can soon discard as Placepot types. Don't Call Me Oscar has to go in, the hot streak he's clearly on too powerful to resist in this company even though he's gone up a total of 24 lb. Better chaser Snowell is also worthy of inclusion, as he tends to run well when he gets round.
16:10 - As with Don't Call Me Oscar in the previous leg, Ballyegan's recent run of form forces him into our perm even though we think he might be a little vulnerable for win purposes now. Bravo Riquet gets our second slot, his form over fences this year hard to knock.
16:40 - It's a little surprising to see Giveitachance so far clear of penalty-carrier Black Narcissus in the betting. A little disappointing, too, given he's very much our sort of horse, unlike Black Narcissus who has refused to race.
14:10 - 6
14:40 - 2
15:10 - 3, 5
15:40 - 2, 4
16:10 - 3, 5
16:40 - 1
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