Trying to figure which of the four David Pipe runners will be most forward for this is impossible, the yards form is also enough for me to want to take them on but Unique De Cotte, Gevrey Chambertin and Saint John Henry all want a good deal of respect and all three of them could win. Sykes comes from the Hobbs yard and is looking for the hat-trick, still unexposed he could well prove up to it but this is a tough test and his odds are off-putting. Missed Approach is another unexposed type and though he hasn’t been seen since bombing at very short odds last season, his yard have sent out similar types who have defied long lay offs. Bred to be suited by stern tests of stamina and tackling 3 miles for the first time today, he is handed a speculative vote. Easter Day is more miss than hit nowadays but would be a massive danger if putting his best foot forward and though this looks tougher for Molly’s A Diva, he at least arrives in good heart.
Missed Approach (WIN)
Innocent Touch went in at the first time of asking when making his hurdling debut at Musselburgh and showed a good attitude in the process. His penalty today makes things much tougher however and it ought to be remembered that he probably had a fitness edge the last day given he’d been running on the level prior to that. Iniciar couldn’t live with the classy Modus last time but is interesting on his 2nd run for the Pipe yard, he is already short enough however and the yard could be in better form. Mr Kit Cat got no further than the 1st when unseating at Cheltenham last time, he was slightly interfered with though and that is probably best forgotten. Evan Williams has his yard in tremendous form at the minute and although he must show his aptitude for the game, the promise he showed on two bumpers last season was enough for him to earn the vote here. Baltic Storm will likely find a race somewhere down the line and Spifer is one to be weary of should the market speak positively of him.
Mr Kit Cat (E/W if 9/2+)
Activial will likely go off favourite here on his chasing debut having shown himself last season to be very useful hurdler. Placed several times in Graded races ( Including here ) he had started to get the look of a ‘bridesmaid’ about him and connections decision to send him chasing looks sensible. Effective over a variety of trips and being of quite decent size, it would be most disappointing if he couldn’t make a mark in this discipline and as such he is selected. Sametegal carries a penalty having scored nicely at Huntington last time, he has clear claims of following up but there is a strong suspicion that this is much tougher. Dell’ Arca is another with claims but the lightly raced Maximiser is feared most of all and market strength for him would be very interesting.