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A hot affair in this division but all eyes will be on Dan Skelton’s Champion Bumper third, who should be a force to be reckoned with for the upcoming campaign.
The form from the Festival Wednesday finale is working out incredibly strong so she should be up to make a winning start to life over timber under the champion jockey in Berkshire.
Alan King’s Nina The Terrier could not have won any of her hurdle starts any easier but does concede weight all around as a result, while Ahorsewithnoname has experience in this sphere to her name so can’t be discounted either.
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Despite remaining a maiden, David Pipe’s young gelding ran well on two occasions over three hurdle starts last term which included a fine third at Exeter when last seen in March.
Connections are now keen to try him over two miles and given the manner of his Fontwell bumper win over this sort of trip, he could get off the mark over timber here.
Fergus Gillard claims 3lbs off his back to put him more on terms with Phillip Hobbs’s Hope You Do, his market rival.