With question marks surrounding several of the runners in here, this is no easy race to call. Dylanseoghan wont be far away if building on his most recent effort, while Grow Nasa Grow is another to who is not without a chance after a respectable effort last time out. However, CLONDAW WESTIE, who showed plenty of promise between the flags, gets the vote at the prices. Lawney Hill’s seven-year-old looks the type to do better over fences and isn’t likely to be far away if capable of running as well as he did over timber in December. The more experienced Heavenly Promise is also feared.
Clondaw Westie | J: Aidan Coleman T: Lawney Hill
Point-to-point winner for Michael Goff, who has since flattered to deceive over the smaller obstacles, though does look the type to do better over fences. Since joining the Lawney Hill yard, the seven-year-old has failed to deliver but his penultimate performance, in what was a stronger contest than this, was very much a step in the right direction. In a race that lacks depth, could be a big player if capable of building on that promising run now going over fences.
Dylanseoghan | J: Tommy Dowling T: Zoe Davison
Produced what was perhaps a career best effort when hitting the frame over C&D last time out, a performance that, having failed to complete twice previously, showed that the nine-year-old is capable of making his presence felt at this level. Struggles for consistency but could easily get involved for a yard that has fired in a few winners of late.
Heresmynumber | J: Gavin Sheehan T: Ali Stronge
Remains a maiden under rules but looked as good as ever when building on a modest return last time out. Seemed to relish the testing ground when finishing third at Fakenham towards the end of January and could easily do better on debut over the larger obstacles.
Psychocandy | J: Dave Crosse T: Ian Williams
Ian Williams’ six-year-old was in and out as a hurdler, though she does come here having produced her two best efforts on similar ground. Repeatedly failed to complete over timber so it’s not exactly easy to fancy her chances of getting a clear round on chase debut.
Grow Nasa Grow | J: Ryan Winks T: Peter Winks
Best effort to date came at Doncaster last time out when finishing 3rd in a race that probably was a little bit better in terms of quality than this. However, Peter Winks’ gelding, who has failed to complete in 50% of his races over fences, is no guarantee to back that up with another solid effort. Looks as though he will be suited by the slight step up in trip, though the seven-year-old remains hard to fancy with any real conviction.
Heavenly Promise | J: Lee Edwards T: John Groucott
More experienced than most in this field, though remains a maiden under rules despite having had a total of 13 races over both timber and fences. Has started to pull out a bit more of late, as her latest two efforts have suggested. If the mare is capable of reproducing the level of form that saw her finish 2nd at Bangor on her penultimate start, where she went well on heavy ground, then the seven-year-old could get involved, but she’s another who’s difficult to overly fancy.