Like Just Amazing, who has scored twice in the past week, Takeroc (4:55) kicks off his hunter chase career at a relatively young age and Paul Barber’s grey is taken to land the penultimate contest at Ludlow on Wednesday.
The selection may not have won for almost three years, but he was still able to finish third off a mark of 148 at Ayr last April and the former Scottish Champion Hurdle runner-up could have too much pace for his rivals around here.
Up at Doncaster the opening novice hurdle is the most interesting race with the future in mind, but Beshabar (2:35) is the most likely winner on the card on his second start for Tim Vaughan.
Formerly a very smart hurdler for Nick Williams and Paul Nicholls, the nine-year-old was in the process of running a massive race when being brought down in better company at Cheltenham in November and can book his ticket to the Festival here.
The son of Flemensfirth, who holds entries in both the RSA Chase and the 4m National Hunt Chase, needs to be getting off the mark sooner rather than later over fences if he is to head to Cheltenham.
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase