Timeform pick out their three best bets from Newton Abbot on Friday...
"...a 7 lb rise ought not to prevent a very bold follow-up bid with the same headgear again applied."
Timeform on Timeforben
Timeforben improved again when recording win number 3 over this C&D last month, the change of headgear (first-time blinkers) adding some extra impetus, and a 7 lb rise ought not to prevent a very bold follow-up bid with the same headgear again applied. Rolling Maul is also at the top of his game and is dangerous if allowed to dictate matters, though he can't always be relied on to give his running, while Clondaw Cian lurks on a temping mark returned to timber back from a break.
It's hard to separate the four of these as they were all useful over hurdles but Maria's Benefit was the most progressive last season, racking up a winning sequence of five, which included a Grade 2 contest, and she was also successful on her sole outing in points. As such, she gets the vote to make a winning chasing debut, though it is likely to be a tight affair. Lough Derg Spirit also has a pointing background so may emerge as the biggest threat, whilst Flying Tiger made a solid start to his new career last time.
Heydoor is a chaser on looks, and whilst he only has shown fair form at best in three starts over timber so far this season, it would come as no surprise should he now leave behind his hurdling exploits at the first attempt in this sphere. Hillary View's jumping has halted his progress in recent weeks but he almost certainly remains capable of better. Ange des Malberaux has done well since joining Dan Skelton and ought to remain competitive, too.
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