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Toteplacepot Novices' Handicap Hurdle

2m 5f 164yGood (Good to Soft in places)

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No. Horse Odds
1 20/1
2 14/1
3 8/1
4 25/1
5 6/1
6 16/1
7 40/1
8 5/4
9 3/1
10 125/1
11 200/1
Verdict

CHEQUE EN BLANC returned from a summer break with a three-length third over an inadequate 2m at Plumpton on his first start for Gary Moore and he should strip fitter for that run. He is well handicapped on his best form and is fancied to make the most this extra yardage to land a weak opener, possibly at the main expense of Dahills Hill. He showed much more promise when making the frame in a 24-runner Cork handicap over 2m3f in August and has scope for further progress now switched to Graeme McPherson's yard. Quiz Master could ask a few questions of the selection if allowed an easy time of things out in front.

Verdict

CHEQUE EN BLANC couldn't justify market support on last month's first run for Gary Moore but still shaped encouragingly in third and gets the nod to build on that now. Dahills Star was third in Ireland when last seen in August and is a potentially dangerous opponent on her first run for Graeme McPherson. Easter in Paris was in good form over fences in the spring and should figure if ready to go.

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