He started last season with a 9-length win in the bumper at this meeting, so we know he loves the track and the expected good ground. And he progressed to win at Cheltenham before going hurdling and running well in defeat against some very smart novices before a below par efforts at the Festival, where he probably had enough for the season. This is obviously a hot race but he has already shown a level of form that would see him be competitive here and he has been in great form at home. I am hopeful.
Man Of Plenty
He was extremely unlucky when I rode him to finish fourth at Uttoxeter last month, and I think he is basically a winner without a penalty here. He did everything bar fall on the first circuit there, clipping the top of the hurdle and becoming badly detached afterwards, and he did remarkably well to get back into a challenging position 2 out. This race is a lot better but I definitely think he is handicapped to go very close and the step down to 2m on decent ground shouldn’t be a problem, as he has decent form in those conditions. I think he will run a big race.
He had an interrupted campaign last season but showed the benefit of having a wind op when winning at Perth on his final start. He is effectively 6lb higher here as he is 2lb out of the handicap, but he has done everything right at home of late and he has each-way chances in a good race.
He is a horse we like. This looks a hot bumper but he has done everything we have asked of him at home and is a nice prospect. This race could take a fair bit of winning, though.
He is a lovely horse who joined us after winning his point in Ireland. Like Saturdaynightfever, he has pleased us in his work, but this will tell us a lot more about him. These Chepstow bumpers tend to be rather competitive, though, as I said.
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