It seems difficult to believe this horse is not well in off a rating of 117 given the way he has been campaigned by Jonjo O’Neill.
Bar an early fall at Warwick last season, he has caught the eye on each of his runs.
The handicapper has not been totally wrong-footed but Generation Gap looks to have much more potential than some seemingly exposed rivals. This track promises to suit and I expect him to score.
Missed the second half of last season, which was unfortunate as he looked to be hitting some sort of form.
He proved that he stays six furlongs when going close at Pontefract.
Richard Fahey’s all-weather runners are going well and this one has been placed off 86 on an artificial surface in the past.
Handicap sprinters tend to run themselves up and down the weights and Requinto Dawn looks primed to win races provided he is over what ailed him last autumn.
It is too small a sample size to be significant but Ben Jones has a 50 per cent strike rate when taking over from champion jockey Richard Johnson, having ridden four winners from eight rides he has picked up.
It is certainly a strong indicator of the young rider’s talent and may ultimately prove to be very significant.
Jones’ valuable 5lb claim is going to be an advantage in the conditions and I have no doubt the gelding will benefit from what was a considerate introduction to fences by Johnson last time out.
Samburu Shujaa is off a lower mark over fences than hurdles so looks well handicapped despite top weight.
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