Naunton Brook has had some very hard races in the last couple of months and i think the edge has been taken off him rather. He will stay and love the ground, but cannot be discounted but he seems horse in need of a break.
I will be backing Bewley’s Berry e/w, the ground may not be perfect for him, but he jumps and stays well.
Its a tought race to crack. I like The Outlier too (sorry David) as it can do better still now upped to this trip. Cornish Rebel could run well too, though no Ruby Walsh is a big downside. And I’ll be watching Cloudy Lane too as you can say it won its last race because of a terrible last fence blunder.
I thought initially that The Outlier could be the one but, carrying 7lb more over 1/2 mile further, doesn’t inspire.<br>The trainer of Naunton Brook said, after his last race, that the horse does too much early on, and his weak finishes in these better class races support that view.<br>Which leaves me with Kelami, who has been there, done it, and got the T-shirt, and would probably be carrying a few pounds more had he not thrown the race away lto by hanging into the horse he had just overtaken. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Cloudy Lane is potentially much better than his current mark. He won a novice handicap over hurdles at the track last spring off a higher mark. He’s a really sound jumper bar what happened at Newcastle last time. Slight concern that 3m 4f in soft ground might be far enough for him at this stage but I think he could develop into a serious National contender in 12 months time.