‘Nicky Henderson has won three of the last nine renewals’
A typically wide-open renewal but Call Me Lord could be very well treated racing in a handicap for the first time since March 2019. He finished third then, having been sent off favourite from a mark of 160. Able to run off 144 now, he arrives off the back of an abortive chasing campaign. Nicky Henderson has won three of the last nine renewals of this race and all of those also arrived off the back of a chase start. He needs a little bit taken on trust (especially that he is in good enough form to contend) but he ran to a level that would see him in the frame off this mark on his final three starts of last season so he is worth an each-way tickle. – Matt Newman
‘If he is even 70 per cent he should go close’
It’s not often that myself and Matt agree but when we do we usually aren’t far off and I have to say that I really like the chances of Call Me Lord too. The nine-year-old absolutely hates fences judged on his two efforts over larger obstacles thus far, so it is no surprise to see him back over hurdles. A six time winner over hurdles, his highlight was landing the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2019. The last time he ran in a handicap over hurdles, he finished third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown off 160 but gets to race off top weight here off a mark of just 144. If he is even 70 per cent he should go close to landing this race for a trainer who has a fine record in it. – Adrian Wall
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