Paul Jacobs’ 4 plays across the tracks on Sunday

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A mid-range handicap hurdle and I’m doing this between the two winners of the last time out, both of whom have more to give as they gain more experience. The Street had been on my shortlist for a while before pulling out a straight winner last time out in Chepstow, leading between the last two hurdles before pushing forward and clearing Bourbali by half a length. I think you can improve the margin of superiority and a £5 penalty looks very fair.

However, I prefer only the claims of Eaton Collina although in that event he finished about eight and a half lengths behind his market rival and made a serious mistake when the pace picked up significantly in the penultimate. He reinforced that run with a smooth success at Hereford as he scored 3-1 as a favorite under Richard Patrick. A £7 penalty looks about right, but with the £10 booked by claimant Daire McConville he is actually fine with £3.


Guguss Collonges’ hurdle form is handled well enough for local handler Gary Moore and a move to the Marketplace would be highly interesting. I just have a feeling that if the ground continues to be tested he might have trouble spotting it over that long a distance.

In contrast, Toby Lawes’ bishop alcopop didn’t make it past three miles last time out at Ffos Las but that certainly had more to do with his poor jumping which any lack of stamina severely hampered before to finish second behind progressive Fairlawn Flyer. On the other side of the track he made mistakes on four consecutive obstacles and after that his chance was gone.

Having been granted a clean round here and ready to leave the same mark, he could be thrown in on his previous run at the West Wales circuit and it’s interesting to see his clever trainer add the cheek pieces for the first time has he can concentrate better; He certainly has the engine to put that crowd to bed.



Getawewapon always finds one or two of these too good and could be good in the handicapper’s pocket, while Game Socks are certainly a lot better than his two poor runs at Ludlow and Leicester would suggest when he went out like a light, hence the most recent wind operation .

Sometimes form numbers can be misleading and although his form line is P-FPP there is reason to believe that the seven-year selection, Buckhorn George, could well be in here. We all know that Colin Tizzard’s team is on fire and his protégé continues to be easy in the running.

Two runs over fences can be safely thrown in the bin as he faced out to sea over the larger obstacles, falling once and being pulled up in the other. Returning to the hurdles last time out looked like a tough game in a Tier 2 event behind Orby’s Legend and that looks a lot more to his level.

About two and a half miles in deep bottom is certainly his make up and the last time he had that setup he was placed out of 125 a year ago. As he will be down from 114 here and down to Class 4 level this looks like a great opportunity for him to return to winning form in a race that may not require too many wins.



Prengarde, the expensive cross-country buyer, is certainly using this race to warm up for Cheltenham and while he’s not lacking in pace those two miles will most likely not be in his best spot. Nevertheless, a positive market movement would be interesting for him.

Palace Rock have been clamoring for a stronger running race to get the best out of him and with Denis O’Regan taking over from a conditional spot he could set a career best here, which he needs to do to nab some of the prize money.

However, the great value here could be in the five-year-old Varna Gold who was well tried in a busy campaign, even when he was far down the field in the second class Limerick hurdle and was badly beaten by the noble Teahupoo. Arguably his best run of the season was second to The Flying Scotsman at Balinrobe and a 2lb higher mark. I think he’ll probably better his big chances here.

Sunday’s race tips

14:10 Hereford – Eaton Collina
14:20 Fontwell – alcopop
15:50 Fontwell – Buckhorn George
17:00 Naas – Varna Gold

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