I got back on board for the first time in a while when he finished third over 2m4f at Kempton last time. I thought he shaped really well for me there under a big weight, only getting a little tired between the last two after travelling well – and that was his first start for two months – and the step back in trip, especially on this ground, will suit him. He finished a good third to Double W’s in this race, off this mark, in this race last season and you have to be positive about his chances. It is a strong and deep race, as you would expect, but I think I am on a horse with a fair winning chance.
He has a nice racing weight. I will also put in a good word for Doitforthevillage. I won on him at Cheltenham earlier in the season and things just didn’t go our way in the Grand Annual last time. We got behind early, not helped by having to avoid a faller at the second, and our momentum was stopped when he made a mistake at the second-last. I felt he could have been placed with more luck in running, and that is something he didn’t get in this race last year, either. He was going well when clipping heels and coming down after jumping the fourth-last. If he puts in a mistake-free round, then he could be up to winning this off what is a fair mark.
I don’t know much about her, as it stands. She finished down the field here earlier in the season but she has obviously improved in two starts on Lingfield’s all-weather since, getting her head in front last time. The runner-up, Buildmeupbuttercup, won at Ascot next time, so that’s a positive – in fact, she lines up here, as well – and my mare comes here a fresh horse, too.
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