The final Channel 4 race on Friday is the Citipost Handicap Hurdle and another long distance race.
Preference is for TEMPLEROSS, who will be suited by 3 miles. His latest Cheltenham run can be ignored as they went no sort of pace due to the race being 56 seconds above standard. He’s versatile tactically and can lead or race handily and Tom Humphries is well worth his 10lb claim. His claims are obvious and has to be hugely respected.
Call To Order was a creditable third last time out on handicap debut at Prestbury Park and could well build on that effort with cheekpieces enlisted. However, there is a question mark over the ground since all of his best efforts are on softer ground.
The Eaglehaslanded is a very interesting runner for Paul Nicholls, a lightly raced six-year-old who has been improving with every run and signed off last season with a respectable eighth at Haydock, albeit slightly disappointing as favourite. Entitled to come on from his summer break and has finished fourth and first on his only visits to Prestbury Park, which is good to note. Has proven stamina for the trip and needs to be respected for the placings.
For Good Measure went close in the Pertemps Qualifier here in October and wasn’t suited by the drop back in trip latest here. The ground is in his favour and should run well, but 11st 5lb isn’t ideal and he needs to show more for win purposes.
Better than ever this year, Herbert Park ran very well latest when second at Ffos Las, though he didn’t find too much for pressure and took a long time to get stuck into the leader. Should stay the trip, but might just struggle in a battle up the hill.
Being a C&D winner and running very consistently this year, it goes without saying that Rolling Maul needs to be given a second look. He goes back over hurdles after two decent enough efforts over fences and will most likely get the ground he needs to be competitive. This trip should bring out the best in him and could well have been underestimated going off 11st 2lb.
Final mentions are given to Anteros who returned to form with a great win at this venue back in November and Valhalla who is lightly raced, but beginning to frustrate at present, needing to also turn the tables with the aforementioned Anteros.