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A race that has been won by the likes of Menorah, Garde La Victoire and Yanworth in recent years. The latter was the start of a hat-trick of victories in this contest for Alan King and he is represented this year by HARAMBE, who was brought down at the first on his hurdles debut earlier in the month. The five-year-old filled third place in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree in April and that form is more than good enough to win a race of this nature. My Mate Mark returned from a 594-day break to fill second place at Bangor last month and he is fully entitled to improve for that. Laughing Luis is another who merits consideration in an interesting contest.
Alan King usually unleashes a useful novice in this, and HARAMBE could be another one in the hope he's none the worse for an unfortunate experience on recent hurdles debut. My Mate Mark made a very encouraging return to the track at Bangor and is feared, while Laughing Luis will surely cast aside a tame effort at Fakenham.