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Introducing Racing TV Beginners' Chase (GBB Race)

1m 7f 207yGood to Soft

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No. Horse Odds
1 11/2
2 100/1
3 9/2
4 5/1
5 13/2
6 5/4
7
8 200/1
9 18/1
Verdict

Bon Calvados likes to be ridden prominently and could do well in this sphere for Olly Murphy, with Fergus Gregory's 3lb claim a further positive towards his prospects. Elf De Re found just one too good at Kelso in Grade 2 company in February, but this can go the way of Dan Skelton's PROTEKTORAT. The five-year-old ran a big race in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham when last seen, finishing just better than midfield, and he should appreciate this drop in trip now chasing for the first time.

Verdict

An intriguing contest with several pretty useful hurdlers making the switch to fences. MALYSTIC made a good start over timber last season and, with the scope to do better still in this sphere, he could be the answer. Protektorat will be a big threat if taking to this game at the first attempt, while Elf de Re and Notre Pari also merit serious consideration.