There are obviously some good horses in here – though this actually may be the cooler of two hot divisions – but we don’t think Benny’s Bridge is too bad, either. He made a winning debut at Market Rasen and then had a long break before running third in a Newbury bumper under a penalty in March. He was a baby, so we didn’t do too much with him last season, but he loves his jumping. He is a busy horse at home, so he should be fairly straight and he should go well. Hopefully, our patience will pay dividends.
This race has cut up to just five runners, which suits me. Unfortunately, there are still some very good horses in here like Monbeg Legend, Spiritofthegames and Master Tommytucker! But we know what a good hurdler our boy was, winning the Persian War here and the Challow in deep ground, so if it will be tough for him, then it will be tough for them. I wouldn’t swap him for any of these, as he has really surprised us how well he has taken to jumping. He is in great form.
Garo De Juilley
He comes here with guaranteed fitness after a couple of fair recent efforts over 2m and 2m1f. They came on good ground and it looks like being a fair bit softer here – though it will take a lot of rain to really get into the ground after the dry spell that we have had – but he does have form in those conditions and over this longer trip. Sophie [Leech] thinks he will run a big race.
She ran better in a handicap hurdle over 2m4f at Worcester last time, but her best form came over fences a couple of years ago. She comes here fit and a chase mark of 102 looks fair enough. The trip is an unknown, but I think it will suit. Her record to date may suggest she wouldn’t have wanted the rain, but I think she wants it soft more than she does good.
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