Timeform provide a runner-by-runner guide to a Class 3 handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot...
Smalib Monterg has been in rude health this summer and looks the safest option in this field.
Extreme Conviction won a bumper in 2009 and has been largely progressive over hurdles, taking form to a new level at Market Rasen in September 2010. Well held only start in 2011 though and 456-day absence to deal with.
Vertige Dore was a dual hurdle scorer for Paul Nicholls, and didn't need to be at best (blinkers) to nab 5-runner maiden chase at Fontwell in October. Not knocked about on reappearance and should do better here.
Romeo Americo showed ability as well as a fair amount of temperament in bumpers, and finally got it right over hurdles at Fontwell (2¼m) in June. Followed up over 17f here last time under fine ride. Thriving.
Mavalenta won 3 times on easy ground last season, best effort when beating Am I Blue at Ffos Las (2¾m) in April. Didn't run badly at Worcester last time but this likely to demand more.
George Woolf won twice last term, and career-best effort when second of 10 to Royal Riviera at Hereford last month, jumping soundly. Conditions should suit him well and another bold bid expected.
Dantari made an unconvincing debut over fences on his penultimate start and failed to justify market support when posting poor effort back over hurdles last time, suspect attitude again in evidence.
Smalib Monterg took advantage of a handy mark when easily following up Uttoxeter win at Ffos Las last month. Nothing wrong with subsequent seconds and the one to beat in this field.
Swift Chap improved with cheekpieces fitted when taking 2m Chepstow handicap hurdle in October and similar event at Wincanton (2½m) the following month. Poor run when last seen in December.
Petito added second career win to his CV when taking a 5-runner 2¾m handicap chase here last month. Found more than is usual that day, and not sure to reproduce it back over hurdles.
Boogie Dancer is not the force of old, though showed she can still get competitive when second in 2m handicap at Wincanton for Nigel Hawke in April. Next run excusable but not at best last time.
1. Smalib Monterg
2. George Woolf
3. Romeo Americo
Timeform View: Smalib Monterg has been in rude health this summer and looks the safest option in this field. George Woolf is respected, while the hat-trick seeking Romeo Americo is another to consider.