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Eyecatcher: Old Guard (Paul Nicholls)

Went a bit under the radar when a staying on fourth in the Lanzarote Hurdle having come under pressure on the home turn. Gave the strong impression a further step up in trip would suit or at least the 2m5f trip on a stiffer track. Gave 8lb to the winner Modus who looks like he […]

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Eyecatcher: Scotchtown (Nigel Twiston-Davies)

This gelding has staying chaser written all over him and wouldn’t surprise me were he to become a decent tool over fences. Was only his fourth start over hurdles and this big strapping type was outpaced in the closing stages by a highly progressive hurdler over 3m2f. But in finishing second over this trip over […]

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Eyecatcher: Vaniteux (Nicky Henderson)

Although just a three-runner race this was run at decent clip and as such the fact that Vaniteux won so well going away bodes well for possible future targets. Part of me thought that he could well stay 3m especially at Kempton and something like the Bet Bright Gold Cup (formerly the Racing Post Chase) […]

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Eyecatcher: Champers On Ice (David Pipe)

Never really jumped any of his fences fluently so amazing that he finished as close as he did to impressive winner American. What is clear is that he needs further than 3m to be seen at his best as well as needing to brush up his jumping. Those two points together should see him win […]