Danvinnie was unfortunate not to go a lot closer at Plumpton last time. He actually led on the turn for home in that last race but succumbed to the interference caused by Doitforthevillage. He could never recover after that and Bon Enfant went on and took the spoils. The winner that day has followed up with another victory at Wetherby so Danvinnie has to command the utmost of respect here.
Westren Warrior is a former point to point winner who also won on his first start under national hunt rules. That victory came at Sligo where he cruised home by five lengths. Having pulled up on his first start in the UK, it was good to see him produce a more solid display next time. If Dr Newland can encourage further improvement from this six year old, he looks the biggest threat. Who’s Micky Brown wasn’t beaten far on his first start over hurdles. He will have learned plenty for the experience and is likely to be involved at the finish once again.
Danvinnie will hopefully enjoy a clearer round this time and with Leighton Aspell once again in the saddle, he will be keen to make up for those unfortunate set of circumstances last time. The yard remain in fair form and they look to be the ones to beat here.
Your Gifted is still well handicapped on the best of her old firm and a recent third to Miracle Gardens over this course and distance showed that she may be ready to strike again. Her last three wins have come on this track and over this trip so she has every right to make any shortlist. Raul Da Silva has won and been placed twice on this eight year old mare from the three occasions when he has partnered her and they can go close yet again.
Innocently is free falling down the handicap and represents a yard that landed this very race last season. He has been placed around here in the past though and if David O’Meara has him fully wound up, he is likely to cause the selection the most problems. Archie Stevens is a four time course and distance winner that managed to get placed over an extra furlong last time. He will appreciate this return to the minimum trip and he too can make the frame once again.
Lisa Williamson scored a quick double at this track with Rat Catcher and Go Charlie just last Friday. The yard are clearly in a rich vein of form and it wouldn’t be the greatest of surprises if Your Gifted recorded a third course and distance win.
Your Gifted (E/W if 9/2+)
Black Dave is back down to his last winning mark and he is something of an all weather specialist. Wins at Lingfield, Kempton and here in the past will stand him in good stead as he is once again reacquainted with the blinkers having put up a more solid performance last time. Ryan Timby is able to claim seven pounds from the five year old and despite looking for his first win as a jockey, this veteran performer of the artificial tracks could well be the horse that provides him with it.
Ershaad has not been seen since winning a maiden last year when trained by Roger Varian. He is the least exposed runner in this field as such is open to any amount of improvement. He has done all of his running on artificial surfaces and whilst the form of his win is nothing out of the ordinary, it would be foolish to dismiss him completely. Thataboy has recorded two previous wins at this track and his placed effort over the course and distance last time suggested he was still in decent form. Richard Kingscote has won on him before and the duo should go well.
Black Dave only ran four days ago and trainer Dave Evans loves to have runners at this track. He is clearly in good shape and the yard are also in fine form. A lower draw would have been ideal but he is fit and appears to be coming back into himself. He is likely to prove as consistent as ever with another solid run here.
Black Dave (E/W if 9/2+)