By Rachel Candelora
This may be a good bit of placing by Dan Skelton as Three Musketeers won this Graduation Chase last year and is eligible to run in it again.
Since that victory he has contested must stronger races over both fences and hurdles and now returns to the site of his last victory.
Harry Skelton, who rode him to win this last year, gets back aboard for the first time since April and the cheekpieces he wore to victory are re-applied.
Although she has quite a bit to do on official ratings Toolatetodelegate may be worth an interest, given the question marks surrounding most of her rivals.
Bernie’s Boy has had blindfold problems leaving the stalls in his last couple of starts, while Kingofmerrows looks an exposed maiden and Tawaafoq does not jump off the page as a likely improver on the All-Weather.
At least with the Brian Barr-trained filly we will be supporting the only 5f winner in the field and the added bonus is Frankie Dettori comes in for ride.
Given that this is a Listed Mares Bumper previous winners escape a penalty here.
One such winner is Fergal O’Brien’s Belle Amis, who won well on debut in soft conditions at Wethereby and has probably been aimed at this race for some time given the trainer’s liking of, and record at, Market Rasen.
It is worth noting that Belle Amis is out of a top-class dual-winning bumper mare.
This Ed Walker-trained four-year-old must have every chance of following up his course win last month.
He improved significantly for the step up to 1m4f last time (the extra furlong should be no problem at all) and the handicapper has hardly been harsh putting him up just 2lbs for that win.
In a race full of exposed older horses he looks one of the few who is open to further improvement.
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