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"...very much caught the eye when fourth on his return to action..."
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Tidal Watch - 19:05 Newton Abbot
Tidal Watch quickly made up into a useful chaser last season, particularly when having the race all but sewn up before departing late on over this course and distance last year, and though he is yet to get off the mark over fences, he very much caught the eye when fourth on his return to action at Southwell at the beginning of the month, finishing with running left despite not being knocked about. He is well up to winning off this sort of mark and will likely take all the beating with a run now under his belt.
Chill In The Wood - 18:05 Newton Abbot
Chill In The Wood capitalised on her lower hurdles mark to bolt up at Stratford on her return to action earlier this month, travelling fluently and staying on well to run out a surprise winner. She is up 10 lb for that victory however, and is not certain to be in the same form, so she is probably best passed up for a trainer who, for all that it is from a small sample size, has just a 4% strike rate with his runners this season.
Soldier Of Love - 19:35 Newton Abbot
£47.54 - Paul Nicholls's profit to a £1 level stake with chasers running in first time headgear
Soldier Of Love had undergone a breathing operation since his chase debut back in October, and he went like a different horse at Kempton on his reappearance in March, looking the most likely winner when departing in rather luckless fashion at the final fence. He stepped up on that performance when getting off the mark over fences at Bangor earlier this month, deserving extra credit for making a winning return after four months off. He remains open to further improvement and holds solid claims of going in again under a penalty.
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Back - Tidal Watch – 19:05 Newton Abbot
Lay - Chill In The Wood – 18:05 Newton Abbot
Smart Stat - Soldier Of Love – 19:35 Newton Abbot
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