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Tupelo Mississippi let down favourite backers at Carlisle last time out but i’m willing to give him another chance. That match over an insufficient trip didn’t play to his strengths but he jumped well until left behind by a pacier rival.
Brian Ellison’s gelding is fairly treated on his best hurdles form and has always looked the type who would do even better in this discipline.
Glory And Fortune was unable to complete a hat-trick in the Greatwood Hurdle but that was still a fair effort, as he plugged on for a respectable sixth, despite lacking the gears to seriously threaten.
The form of his previous Ffos Las win was boosted when runner-up Dans Le Vent took the valuable handicap at Haydock on Saturday and Tom Lacey’s gelding has more to offer at this new distance.
Dingo Dollar was third in the 2018 Ladbrokes Trophy when trained by Alan King and a change of surroundings sparked a revival last season with a close second in the Scottish Grand National. He ran as though the outing was needed at Kelso last month and should be back to peak fitness now.
Onemorefortheroad has made giants strides this year and might be able to upstage some highly touted rivals in this handicap. He was rated just 113 when scoring at Huntingdon in March but has kept defying the handicapper and was never seriously challenged when adding a fourth hurdles success four weeks ago.
Enrilo can see off a strong Irish raiding party in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Paul Nicholls’ charge had a tooth problem last winter that can excuse a flop at Kempton on Boxing Day but he ended the campaign on an upward curve and was first-past-the-post when last seen at Sandown in April.
He will have his preferred decent surface and as an unexposed second-season chaser, he has the ideal profile.
Not So Sleepy didn’t make it past the first obstacle in last year’s renewal but i can see him gaining redemption this time around. He wasn’t far behind Epatante in the Champion Hurdle and looked as good as ever when returning to action on the flat at Doncaster recently, finishing second in a 1m6f handicap that wasn’t run to suit.
Eclair D’Ainay won two novice handicaps at around this sort of trip last season and it looked as though a slightly longer trip was beyond him at Wetherby last time out, as he travelled into contention but couldn’t pick up close home. He will be at peak fitness now and this is also a slight drop in grade.
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