There is a really fabulous midweek card at Newbury to look forward to on Thursday, featuring the return of Champ as he makes his debut over fences.
It will be disappointing if he doesn’t make the transition successfully, but more rewarding bets may come in the handicaps at the end of the card.
He hails from a stable that has been in good form, with six winners last month, and will be very well suited by the stiff galloping test provided by Newbury as this seven-year-old looks to be all about stamina.
He was a really promising staying novice hurdler, but disappointed when put over fences last winter where his jumping seemed to get worse with each run. That career switch will no doubt be revisited, but getting him qualified for the Pertemps looks a shrewd move.
He was gambled on for his seasonal return, but looked to find Stratford a bit sharp. This different test should suit well and hopefully he will come on for the run.
Could well be absolutely thrown in over fences as the handicapper has had little to go on to give him a mark. His debut suggested a really bright future when he jumped well and battled on at Hereford.
He then reportedly went lame on his second and most recent run which was only his seventh in his career and has been off for almost a year since. Given the identity of his trainer, it is unlikely he will be unfit for this and I expect a strong performance.
With the prospect of guaranteed pace in this small field, things should be set up nicely for Kasbaan, who had a dreadful run all around the outside at Kempton last time. He lost lengths as a result and a line can be put through that effort, ultimately respectable enough as it may have been.
He had previously looked a very shrewd purchase for The Horsewatchers when landing a couple of good pots.
It is possible that Victory Bond will be a little rusty after seven months off and Dubai Warrior is difficult to work out having disappointed in France last time out.
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