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JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Finesse) (Grade 2) (1) 2m179y

Betting Forecast

$2.38 Adjali, $5.5 Our Power, $8.5 Protektorat, $11 Nelson River, $13 Dogon, $15 Fakir d’Oudairies, $26 Fine Brunello, $29 Pagero, $101 Fukuto

Analyst’s Verdict

Adjali went down only narrowly in Grade 1 company last time and can enhance Nicky Henderson’s excellent record in this contest. Our Power is going the right way and could be up to giving him something to think about, while the fact Protektorat went off favourite in the C&D contest won by Nelson River last month suggests he’s highly regarded by the Dan Skelton team.

Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (2) 2½m127y

Betting Forecast

$4 Kildisart, $5 Azzerti, $6.5 Spiritofthegames, $7 First Drift, $10 Enola Gay, $15 Highway One O One, $15 Onefortheroadtom, $17 Dentley de Mee

Analyst’s Verdict

Azzerti has gone up only 2 lb for Ascot and could be the answer to this tight affair with Richard Johnson taking over in the saddle for the first time. Spiritofthegames has been freshened up since a slightly disappointing run at Grade 2 level in November and it would be no surprise to see him get back on the up now. Kildisart has made a good start over fences and is also much respected.

Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (1) 2½m127y

Betting Forecast

$5.5 Janika, $5.5 Siruh du Lac, $9 The Kings Writ, $9.5 Brelan d’As, $11 Ballyhill, $12 Activial, $13 Forest des Aigles, $17 Oldgrangewood, $17 War Sound, $29 Sizing Platinum, $34 Casse Tet

Analyst’s Verdict

French-recruit Janika shaped really well on British debut after 9 months off when runner-up at Ascot 5 weeks ago, the only one to make any inroads into the winner’s long lead, and looks a leading player with further improvement likely. The Kings Writ and Siruh du Lac are also highly progressive chasers and need considering.

BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) (1) 3m1f56y

Betting Forecast

$3.5 Frodon, $3.75 Elegant Escape, $5 Terrefort, $6.5 Valtor, $11 Minella Rocco, $51 Allysson Monterg

Analyst’s Verdict

Terrefort was a dual Grade 1 winner as a novice last season and can get firmly back on track having finished lame on his reappearance at Sandown in November. Elegant Escape is an obvious threat after his impressive win in the Welsh National at Chepstow, while Frodon is strictly the one to beat on ratings but this distance is possibly further than ideal.

Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 2½m56y

Betting Forecast

$3.5 Birchdale, $3.75 Brewin’upastorm, $4 Jarveys Plate, $7 Buster Valentine, $21 Not That Fuisse, $81 The Wolf

Analyst’s Verdict

Brewin’upastorm appeals as the type than can go all the way to the top, his powerful way of travelling his best attribute but perhaps his downfall (too free) upped to this trip in the Challow last time. With the benefit of that experience he can now make the breakthrough in Graded company at the expensive of Birchdale and last month’s C&D winner Jarveys Plate.

galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 2m7f213y

Betting Forecast

$6.5 Paisley Park, $7.5 Black Op, $10 Wholestone, $11 Agrapart, $11 Aux Ptits Soins, $11 Unowhatimeanharry, $17 Sam Spinner, $17 West Approach, $21 Lil Rockerfeller, $26 The Mighty Don, $51 Aye Aye Charlie

Analyst’s Verdict

An excellent renewal with Black Op taken to come out on top. Things haven’t quite gone to plan for Tom George’s 8-y-o over fences but he looks interesting now reverting back to timber given his strong novice form. Paisley Park has to be high on the shortlist after his Long Walk success, while Wholestone and Agrapart, who fought out the finish in this last year, need respecting also.

Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle (2) 2m179y

Betting Forecast

$6.5 Flash The Steel, $8 Nelson’s Touch, $9 Equus Amadeus, $10 Flashing Glance, $11 Our Merlin, $12 Benny’s Bridge, $13 Maquisard, $13 Storm Home, $15 Champagne City, $15 Chti Balko, $15 Demopolis, $26 John Constable

Analyst’s Verdict

It’s perfectly feasible to think Flash The Steel benefited from the application of a first-time tongue tie when making a successful handicap debut at Doncaster last month, rallying well to get on top having landed awkwardly 2 out. He can defy a 5 lb rise stepped up in class. Nelson’s Touch continues to acquit himself with credit and is feared, ahead of Benny’s Bridge who is totally unexposed.


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