13:00 - We kick off with a mares novice hurdle, where Irish bumper and Bangor novice hurdle winner Hidden Identity holds strong claims. She came up short in a competitive Cheltenham handicap last time, but is well worth another chance back in novice company and rates as a banker.
13:30 - This is a weak-looking handicap for novice chasers and despite only showing modest form over hurdles and fences so far, Doubletoilntrouble is easily the most convincing candidate. His second try over fences last month when a runner-up at Ludlow over 3 miles sets the standard here and a repeat performance should ensure he's in the shake-up. With little reason to get excited about his six rivals, we'll rely on him.
14:00 - Not many lining up in this novice hurdle event have experience over timber, so this is most likely to be played out by the bumper winners Utopian and Lookout Mountain. The former dropped down to 1½ miles at Newbury after successes in France and at Fontwell earlier this year and despite only finishing fourth at the Berkshire track that day, he remains a horse with promise now tried over hurdles, while the latter ran out a facile winner to land the odds on his bumper debut at Ffos Las in May and is well worth including despite being absent since.
14:30 The Flat jockeys get a rare chance to race over hurdles in this handicap and while Miss Exhibitionist returned from a period on the level to finish second at Huntingdon last month, her best form has been with less cut in the ground than she'll be faced with today, so Rime Avec Gentil looks a better option. Runner-up on three of four starts since making a winning start for his new yard in September, most recently earlier this month at Uttoxeter, he seems sure to be in the mix. Rosoff is also worth including despite not having run since January. A two-time winner at this venue (including over course & distance), he's run well after a break in the past.
15:00 Mister Milan's last two runs have been blow-outs, but there are reasons to believe he can put those behind him here. Winner of a Ffos Las event in the mud eight months ago, conditions should be right up his street and in a race where question marks can be leveled at many of his rivals, he rates a confident selection for the McManus/O'Neill/McCoy team.
15:30 Only five runners for the final leg, though only a couple of them can be eliminated. Bonoman won only two days ago and is respected in his follow-up attempt, while Pocket Aces and Captain Tidds, though both inclined to throw in the odd poor effort, look worth having as back-ups.
13:00 - 1
13:30 - 1
14:00 - 5, 7
14:30 - 3, 7
15:00 - 1
15:30 - 1, 2, 3
= 12 lines
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