Jump racing returns at the season opener at Chepstow on Friday, with several hurdling prospects running in the Grade 2 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle.
PASO DOBLE (3/1) looks the one to beat, after registering two strong performances over obstacles since switching to Paul Nicholls’ yard.
The four-year-old produced a respectable effort on his stable debut back in February, when finishing third behind Tritonic in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton.
The gelding made light work of his opponents in a novice event last time out and he could well prove to be a handful when stepped up over trip here.
FIRST STREET (4/1) is given his first start in Graded company, after a stellar summer campaign for Nicky Henderson.
The son of Golden Horn placed in both of his bumper starts before striking on his hurdles debut at Bangor back in August.
The four-year-old dealt with his penalty with ease as he claimed success at Warwick and he could well produce another strong performance here.
CAMPROND (11/2) has proven to be consistent over hurdles over the summer months for Phillip Hobbs and is joined by stablemate LUTTRELL LAD (15/2).
UP FOR PAROL (9/1) returns to action in hope of landing his third success over hurdles in four starts, while Jonjo O’Neill’s COEUR SEREIN (4/1) aims to land a four-timer for his connections.
HIDDEN HEROICS (11/1) is given a tough assignment on his rules debut for Dan Skelton and Chris Honor’s TILE TAPPER (16/1) needs to rediscover his form from last year if he is to be competitive here.