DEREK DUVAL (1.25) shaped better than his 40-1 odds when fourth to the Paul Nicholls-trained Ecco at Ascot and should appreciate the drop in class at Taunton.
Formerly a winner on the all-weather, Derek Duval again meets a Nicholls favourite in Bathsheba Bay, but there isn't much between them. Bathsheba Bay, ex-Richard Hannon, was trounced over course and distance at the end of October and could be vulnerable.
HEAD TO THE STARS (2.55) has been given a chance by the handicapper in the 3m 1f chase at Ludlow. Henry Daly's eight-year-old finished second in a 15-runner handicap hurdle at Haydock (soft) in March off a mark of 130 but has dropped to 124 over fences. With a 5lb conditional jockey on top, Head To The Stars is an attractive each-way alternative to warm favourite Marble Moon.
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