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Smerdon Tree Services Novices' Chase

2m 4f 199yGood to Soft

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No. Horse Odds
1 8/1
2 14/1
3 12/1
4 5/1
5 16/1
6 7/1
7 1/1
8 25/1
9 8/1
Verdict

VISION DES FLOS reached a high level in novice hurdles, placing twice at Grade 1 level at both Aintree and Punchestown, and he has the potential to make a big impact in the novice chase division. The son of Balko also showed up well over this distance at the Cheltenham Festival when beaten less than 10 lengths by Samcro in the Ballymore. No Comment shaped with plenty of encouragement despite being beaten a combined total of 88 lengths in two outings over fences last term at Sandown and Cheltenham, while Jester Jet could prove dangerous with the mares allowance having won a good handicap hurdle at Aintree's Grand National meeting.

Verdict

A novice chase high in quality and depth, all bar Angels Antics useful over hurdles at the least, the best being VISION DES FLOS, who was runner-up in a couple of Grade 1 novice hurdles. No Comment and Bags Groove have already shown an aptitude for chasing so are feared most.