DANSE IDOL did the job very professionally when introduced to hurdles at Wincanton and Paul Nicholls has wasted little time stepping her up to Listed mares’ company at Haydock.
The ground was good at Wincanton but she ran very well in the soft at Punchestown in January when a narrow second to subsequent Champion Bumper winner Relegate. Close up in third was Indefatigable, a winner for Paul Webber lat time out and clearly a threat.
KIMBERLITE CANDY looked a young chaser going places for JP McManus when ploughing through the mud to score at Ayr in mid-November and the six-year-old should go well in the Smarkets Tommy Whittle Chase. A 5lb rise doesn’t look insurmountable.
GOLD PRESENT beat Frodon in last year’s Garrard Silver Cup at Ascot and a repeat performance is on the cards, despite a 5lb rise.
Nicky Henderson’s gelding made a very pleasing comeback when running third to top-rated Politologue over a shorter trip here last month and although heavy ground would be a concern, he is the one to beat.
Jammin Masters has conditions in his favour and his second to Count Meribel at Carlisle is solid. This ex-pointer has scope for improvement and rates a threat.
MR ANTOLINI is interesting in a wide-open Betfair Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle. He was in receipt of plenty of weight when edging out classy Call Me Lord in last season’s Unibet Imperial Cup at Sandown, but it was still a brave effort on very deep ground. Mr Antolini’s seasonal debut at Haydock was another solid effort when beaten by Black Mischief in a driving finish.
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