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14:55 Warwick

Cadeau D’Or went in to the notebook following a decent enough display on hurdles debut at Newton Abbot last month, putting in a couple of novicey jumps along the way but on the whole travelling well and was still in contention on approach to the second last, before his two, much more experienced market principles asserted and pulled clear. He finished around eleven lengths back in third but it came under a hands and heels ride and both the winner, 134 rated Knappers Hill and the runner up, 125 rated Diligent won again next time out. He will will have learnt a lot for the experience, should appreciate the slightly longer trip and doesn’t come up against the same calibre of opponents this time around so looks capable of getting off the mark at the second time of asking.

Galahad Threepwood put in an encouraging run when third on hurdles debut at Newcastle in March and as with our selection should be able to put that experience to good use, although I am not entirely convinced he needs the extra three furlongs he gets today, while Quid Pro Quo makes his hurdles debut on the back of a sixteen-month absence but is unlikely to be found wanting for fitness given he is trained by Dan Skelton so completes the shortlist.


16:17 Yarmouth

Foreseeable Future took advantage of a drop down the weights to win at odds of 10/1 at Doncaster last month, beating the re-opposing Tamaska by a couple of lengths, and although has gone up 3lbs has been competitive off similar marks previously. That said, he isn’t the most consistent and could be taken on for the lead by Tamaska who improved for that first run of the season with victory at Wetherby earlier in the month where he went straight to the front and held off all challengers. He hasn’t won off a mark this high and with both liking to make the running the race could be set up for a late charge.

Taskheer has improved for each of his two runs on turf this season, travelling smoothly in to the race and hitting the front inside the final furlong at Ayr when last seen, only to see his rider lose an iron and get out-battled close home. Given that, he could be considered a little unlucky in defeat and should remain competitive off just a 1lbs higher mark.

Verreaux Eagle lost out by the nod of the head at Brighton in April and got stuck behind a wall of horses before running on under hands and heels for a fast-finishing third at Lingfield when last seen. He drops down in class today and although he will likely be delivered late once again the race looks like it will be run to suit so if getting a clear run looks to have a great chance of gaining his first win of 2022.

VERREEAUX EAGLE (WIN) written by Dean Kilbryde


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