2.10: COOLE HILL, who beat Naughty Future by 11/4 lengths in a handicap chase over 3m 1f at Market Rasen last time, remains on a fair handicap mark and can follow up. Mister Blake and Solo Gent look the main dangers.
2.40: BESSIE BROWNE looked as this sort of distance would suit her when finishing nine lengths fourth to Cherrymore over 2m 110yds at Newbury. He should go well here. Hat-trick-seeking Oi Mother and Tempestuous Lady may pose most problems.
3.10: MARTHA'S SON stamped himself the best 2m-21/2m mile chaser in the country with victories in the 2m Queen Mother Champion Chase and 21/2 m Melling Chase last season. He will be very hard to beat if anywhere near his peak for this, his seasonal debut. One Man, whose best form is at 3m, again seemed to be stopping noticeably at the end of his successful reappearance in the Charlie Hall Chase over 3m 1f at Wetherby. A bigger danger may be Viking Flagship, who quickened up smartly to beat stablemate Mulligan by five lengths in the Haldon Gold Cup Chase over 2m1f110yds at Exeter.
3.40: BOLD STATEMENT, who ran Miss Roberto to half a,length over 2m at Worcester on his reappearance, can go one better. New Inn, with crack claimer Seamus Durack in the saddle, looks the danger.
2.25: The stamina-laden Mene-sonic must be feared if the early pace is strong. Edgemoor Prince won over 21/2 miles at Bangor last time but will be more at home at today's distance. EULOGY is highly regarded by his trainer and jumped Ascot's stiff fences fluently earlier this month. He should prove too good for these rivals, even though Flying Gunner is from a yard flying high at present.
3.25: BEATSON hit top form at this time last year and prefers give in the ground these days. At Wincanton last week Full Of Bounce was close up at half way when falling heavily in a better race than this. His jumping has often let him down. Mud-loving Poucher would be dangerous if the going turns heavy.Reuse content