Timeform pick out three bets from Ludlow and Southwell on Wednesday...
"He looked a natural on this surface when powering clear of his rivals to win by 19 lengths..."
Copain de Classe was a useful hurdler and made a most encouraging debut over fences at Ascot in November, looking a natural to say the least before flattening out as if the run was needed. The winner that day has boosted the form since in no uncertain terms, and it will be a little disappointing if he isn't able to win from this mark. This is a race with some depth, though, and Joueur Bresilien and Sister Sybil are both respected.
It was hard not to be impressed by the manner in which The Great Wall made a winning start for new connections over this C&D last week and he should be hard to beat. He looked a natural on this surface when powering clear of his rivals to win by 19 lengths, not coming off the bridle, and a mark of 78 won't stop him if in anywhere near the same form. Bold Spirit arrives in good form and could be the one to chase him home ahead of Zaeem.
Admittedly, Tatlisu isn't the force of old, but as he showed at Wolverhampton last month, he is a classy operator at this lowly level, and is fancied to follow up here. The question mark is the surface, as he's yet to run on fibresand, but granted he acts on it, he will prove very hard to beat on these terms. Pearl Nation seemingly isn't as good as he once was either, but he has it in him to play a major part at this level and may provide the main threat ahead of Athassel.
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