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It's Good To Laugh was an impressive winner yesterday, and he could be a nice novice hurdler to follow for this season. The main issue with this horse is the fact that he seems to struggle to settle, so once he learns how to do so, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
BUTTONS AND BOWS has been raised 2lb for his last fence fall at Listowel a couple of weeks ago, but that shouldn't be enough to stop him for winning this, as long as his confidence hasn't been knocked.
Like your typical JP McManus horse, he was very well handicapped the time before last, which saw him win by 11 lengths eased down. He was put up 10lbs for his next race, and he travelled powerfully once again, and would've gone on to win by a couple of lengths without needing to be pushed through the gears. He unfortunately fell at the last, and it was quite a heavy fall. I'm hoping that his confidence hasn't been dented since that, and the fact he's had 16 days off suggests they've probably schooled him a few times since, to get him back in the groove.
The 2lb rise in the weights shouldn't make a difference, and if it was going to be the determining factor, Patrick J Flynn has opted for useful 5lb claimer, Jordan Gainford to take the ride, so effectively he is 3lb better than he was last time. The ground which he'll encounter should be fine, as he's had previous form on soft ground, and he's by Flemensfirth, who's progeny seem to handle all types of going.
The current price of around 5/2 is actually quite surprising, as I would've thought he would be close to EVS due to the fact he still appears to be well-in. The reason for price is probably because that Bring The Bacon is making his first start over fences for Gavin Cromwell, and he's made a good start to his career at his new stable, winning on his stable debut in August. He is arguably well handicapped too, but his form on a softer going doesn't seem to be ideal for him. Either way, he is one of the reasons why a decent price is available on the selection.
If Buttons And Bows has a clear run and jumps with fluency, I think he will be tough to beat.