KILLER KANE is likely to be involved at the business end of the opening race on ITV this weekend. The Joe Tizzard-trained Oscar gelding made a satisfactory return at Exeter and could benefit from the 2lb drop in the weights. He also eases in distance which is expected to suit.
The Coral Bundles Intermediate Handicap Hurdle at 2.30 could go the way of TEDDY BLUE, who looks an improving type after scoring a maiden hurdle success by a wide margin at Fontwell. With confidence high, there could be further progress to come on handicap debut under suitable conditions.
The eagerly awaited Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase takes centre-stage on drying ground at the Berkshire venue. One who appears capable of a strong each-way showing is Gericault Roque, who boasts excellent big-field handicap form over fences, including a second in the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at last season’s Cheltenham festival. He could come on significantly after his prep run over hurdles at Aintree earlier this month.
L’HOMME PRESSE can make a winning return to action on first venture out of novice company over fences. He had an extremely productive season last term, including an impressive victory in the G1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, and has the potential for more improvement.
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