13:10 - Kisumu's temperament may well get the better of him in this sphere as well, and the two most solid options seem to be Pinkie Brown, who failed to build on a promising debut over hurdles for Nick Williams in France last season, but may do better for Neil Mulholland, and For Goodness Sake, who recorded a similar level of form when second in a juvenile at Warwick in December.
13:45 - Transient Bay improved on his previous form markedly when winning at Uttoxeter on his reappearance in December, and it is worth remembering that promise - along with his unexposed profile - rather than his flop when turned out at the same track just 10 days after. The likelihood is that Transient Bay found that race coming too soon, and it is worth giving him another chance now he has had a break, with a 10 lb higher mark not beyond him in this sort of modest company given he is only having his fifth handicap start today. Market rival Oscar O'Scar is not straightforward, and is easy to take on for win purposes, despite finishing second last time out.
14:20 - If more severe headgear can have a positive impact on Take The Mick here, then he could be hard to beat, after producing a career-best last time in first-time cheekpieces, but overall is probably one to take on for Placepot purposes, with his former jumping/attitude problems. It is hard to ignore the early money for Tutchec, who also has something to prove, but is very well treated on old form from a mark of just 115 (8 lbs lower than when he last won), and returns from a break with his yard in excellent form. Tutchec is clearly fancied to be wound up for this, based on the strong market support, and looks the one of the pair to be with, with the field devoid of any other more solid options.
14:50 - Mr Mcgregor failed to win over fences last season despite having plenty of goes, but, having finished second on three occasions from a 9 lb higher mark in that sphere compared with this, looks set to go well if in the same sort of form, with Richard Johnson taking over in the saddle for the first time, and looks worth a bet, with current favourite Optical High up 10 lbs after breaking his maiden tag last time.
15:25 - Azert De Coeur produced his best effort yet on just his second start over fences last time over this C&D, drawing some 15 lengths clear with the winner, and with further progress looking very likely now he is up and running, a 5 lb rise in the weights should not be enough to stop him winning again.
16:00 - Rushvale has had plenty of chances to get off the mark, and was again plagued by jumping errors when push came to shove in a handicap at Market Rasen last time, so looks one to avoid here overall. Lamanver Alchemy ran well behind the smart Katie Too last time at Warwick, and should be thereabouts, with this drop in trip potentially helping her chances. Phillip Hobbs has enjoyed plenty of success in these types of races this season, and No Comment is impossible to leave out on his hurdling bow, after shaping with plenty of promise in a bumper last time.
Back Transient Bay in the 13:45
Back Mr Mcgregor in the 14:50
13:10 - 5,6
13:45 - 10
14:20 - 4
14:50 - 7
15:25 - 8
16:00 - 3,11
= 4 lines
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