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"...he has seemingly been bought with fences in mind and Lucinda Russell does well with such types..."

Timeform on Looks Like Murt

Theflyingportrait - 15:20 Kelso

Some smart chasers in opposition who look very closely matched on paper. Fitness could prove the key in that case, so past winner and course specialist Theflyingportrait is given the nod after his ready C&D victory 18 days ago. Theo should strip fitter for his recent Worcester second and is rated next best ahead of last year's winner Nuts Well.

Uptown Harry - 15:50 Kelso

This looks an interesting novice hurdle and, though Uptown Harry ran his best race to date on handicap debut at this course last time, he is probably worth opposing back in novice company. Mr Muldoon looks looks a viable alternative having made a winning start under Rules (dual point winner) at Worcester last month, forging clear to win by five lengths. This step up in trip will suit and a big run is expected under a penalty.

Smart Stat
Looks Like Murt - 16:20 Kelso

15% - Lucinda Russell's strike rate with handicap chase debutants

Looks Like Murt showed ability on his only start in bumpers and has made an encouraging start over hurdles, too, finishing placed on both occasions. He was unlucky to bump into one at Newcastle last time, but Looks Like Murt pulled clear of the third, and isn't badly handicapped on that form now sent chasing. Runner-up in a point, he has seemingly been bought with fences in mind and Lucinda Russell does well with such types.

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