CAPTAIN MOIRETTE (1.50) was an impressive winner over hurdles last season but left the impression chasing was going to be his game.
Sue Smith introduced her grey to fences for the first time in public at Uttoxeter three weeks ago and Captain Moirette fared well until being outclassed by some speedy rivals, notably winner Summerville Boy. He is dropped in grade for this Beginners' Chase and Captain Moirette showed his liking for Catterick by scoring here over a shorter trip last February.
RED FORCE ONE (3.45) is the only four-year-old going to post for the 2m handicap hurdle at Ascot but he appears a progressive sort. Paul Nicholls sent him on a successful mission to Fakenham for his seasonal return and Red Force One stepped up when going down by a neck to Gumball here last month. The assessor has nudged him up 4lb but he still looks attractively treated.
The ground will be very testing at Ffos Las but top weight UNWIN VC (3.25) should handle conditions well enough to land the 2m 6f handicap hurdle. Robert Buckler's gelding won a Wincanton bumper on heavy and his comeback fourth to the 142-rated Paul Nicholls winner Cat Tiger at Exeter was a promising effort.
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