Punters' Guide

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1.15: ALHOSAAM, who ran a good race to finish two-lengths second to the six-year-old Country Beau in a novice hurdle on good to firm ground over 2m 110yds at Sandown last time, figures on a lenient handicap mark and will have no problems with the drying ground. Manileno, who returns to his own age group after a 101/4-length fifth to House Of Dreams over 2m at Catterick, is another who will not mind the faster surface and could prove the danger.

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1.45: NAIYSARI, who ran an excellent race to be a neck runner-up to prolific winner Anabranch, with the third left trailing 12 lengths behind, over 2m 3f 110yds at Doncaster last time out, has conditions to suit today and should go well. Monnaie Forte is the problem, but might prefer softer ground.

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2.15: BELLATOR, who according to a popular school of thought, had been laid out all season for the Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury last time, failed to do the business in that race but still looked short of peak fitness beforehand and ran quite well to finish 141/2-lengths seventh to Sharpical. His trainer reckons he needs soft ground to be seen at his best but all his useful form last season was on a resilient surface and he should cope better than most here. Red Blazer is the clear pick on form but all his smart form has been on soft ground and he could start a false price.

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2.45: COURT MELODY, a progressive staying chaser, was impressive when beating Destin D'Estruval by seven lengths in the 3m110yds Agfa Diamond Handicap Chase at Sandown in early February and improved again two weeks ago when beating McGregor The Third by five lengths off a 6lb higher mark at Newbury over 3m 2f 110yds. He goes well on good ground, which is more than can be said of most of his rivals, the best of whom may be Strath Royal, admittedly a mud-lover and a doubtful stayer but in great form this season, notably when three-lengths second to General Wolfe in the 3m Peter Marsh Limited Handicap Chase here last time out.

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2.35: SHAHRUR showed an impressive turn of foot in winning the Lanzarote Hurdle over this course and distance and followed up on much quicker ground at Fontwell on Monday. He has the best form in the race but, if he fails to show his best on this fast surface, Circus Star may be the one to profit.

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3.05: STORMY PASSAGE is improving fast and is more reliable than Green Green Desert who will like the ground conditions.

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3.35: SIR TALBOT handled fast ground on the Flat and can restore a reputation dented by Triumph Hurdle second favourite City Hall. Real Estate is the threat.

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4.05: CHALLENGER DU LUC ran the race of his life to be second to See More Business over this track and trip in the King George VI Chase and, although that was run on testing ground, he has form on this very different going. Super Tactics is a course specialist but unproven at the trip.

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4.40: This is the right ground and time of the year for BIMSEY, who has the improving Gysart and rehabilitated Buckhouse Boy to beat.

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