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COOLE CODY (2.00 Cheltenham, nap)
He loves it here and landed another nice prize when going from the front in the Racing Post Gold Cup last month.
That was his third course win and he is right at home over this trip. He has every chance of pulling off those tactics again.
L’HOMME PRESSE (1.25 Cheltenham, nb)
He was in breathtaking form at Ascot last time, winning as he liked against some useful rivals. He jumped well and travelled like a graded horse in scoring by 13 lengths.
STORMY IRELAND (3.10 Cheltenham, treble)
She was a Grade 1 winner in Ireland last season and looked in real need of her comeback in November behind Honeysuckle at Fairyhouse.
She’s the only confirmed front-runner and Willie Mullins’ mare could dominate this small field.
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12.15 Get A Tonic
Can make it three in a row after a good Uttoxeter win latest.
12.50 Honest Vic
Been knocking on the door and will be right in the hunt again.
1.25 L’Homme Presse (nb)
Impressive winner at Ascot and has much more to come.
2.00 Coole Cody (nap)
Always runs well here and will go from the front again.
Interesting going back over hurdles from a lowly mark.
3.10 Stormy Ireland (treble)
Needed the run last time and has loads of class.
3.50 Poetic Music
Had lots in the tank at Newbury latest and looks hard to stop.
Won and second on past two runs here and go close again.
Looks like this step back up in distance will suit.
Consistent and went close again at Doncaster last time out.
2.10 Anna Bunina
Has run well in plenty of hotter races than this.
2.50 Amour De Nuit
Back to form over fences last time and should run well.
3.25 Angel Of Harlem
Down the weights and fit from a couple of runs.
12.25 Ask The Doc
Has gone close on both runs for this yard and more to come.
1.00 Oliver’s Island
Can bounce back from a fall at Wetherby last time out.
1.35 Tommie Beau
Holding his form really well and every chance again.
2.15 Socialist Agenda
Has done well since switching to hurdles after bumper wins.
2.45 Spot On Soph
Won well last time and should enjoy this longer distance.
Went close at Newcastle latest and 3lb rise in weights looks fair.
12.33 Sammy Sunshine
Interesting dropping in trip on this comeback run.
1.08 Paddy Elliott
Overdue a win but regular on the podium and can place again.
Went close at Wolver on last run and has more to offer.
Easy Lingfield winner who looks capable of following up.
Went close at Newcastle latest and right in the mix again.
3.28 Ooh Is It
Game winner at Wolver and can figure in the finish again.
4.00 King Of The South
Lots in hand at Wolverhampton and can cope with weight hike.
Loved it here on the fibresand and went close on the new track last time.
12.40 Mario De Pail
Took a tumble last time but was in cracking form earlier.
1.15 American Gerry
Went close on hurdles debut here last time out.
1.50 Sweet Nightingale
Has shown enough to figure in this lowly company.
2.25 Tide Times
Can be forgiven one poor run after going close in similar race.
3.00 Keep Rolling
Good second at Uttoxeter and repeat could be good enough.
Solid fourth last time and looks capable off this mark.
4.05 Knowsley Road
Expensive buy who makes debut for powerful yard.
12.45 Summit Like Herbie
Good winner last time and this is no tougher.
1.20 Menin Gate
Showed lots of promise when third at Uttoxeter last time.
1.55 Jony Max
Consistent and another decent effort here 13 days ago.
2.30 Bashful Boy
Going close and will run well if lasting out longer trip.
3.05 Barden Bella
Has shown best form over this course and distance.
3.40 Dynamite Kentucky
Can improve for tackling this longer trip.
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