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Birchdale
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A decent novice chase to kick off proceedings and, on hurdles ratings, this looks like a match between Henderson and Nicholls, with the Seven Barrows runner getting the nod. The 7yo looked set for a campaign over fences last season, but an unseat when going well on debut might have just knocked his confidence. That preceded a disappointing run at Newbury on bottomless ground, which wouldn’t have suited, so his handler decided to give him a crack in the Coral Cup, where he finished sixth. He’s always looked like a horse with plenty of scope, so if his confidence is restored here, this could kick off a decent spell as a second-season novice.


Wagner
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Wagner ran really well here less than a week ago, escapes any retribution from the handicapper and is fancied to go close again. He bumped into the improving Rock On Rocco last time and travelled smoothly throughout the race. The winner set an RPR of 132 that day and it was a further nine lengths back to the third, so he looks well treated off a mark of 115. Anthony Honeyball has had six runners so far this season and only two have missed out on the places. The yard has a 21% strike rate round here over the last five seasons, and this one could add to that tally.


Whitlock
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Even with a big lump of weight on his back, Whitlock is fancied to follow up on his win at Plumpton earlier this month. Making his first start after a wind op, he appreciated the return to a better surface and won going away. Previously with John Gosden, he’s obviously had his issues, but remains unexposed over hurdles and if building on that run could still be a fair bit ahead of his mark. Nicky Henderson has a 25% strike rate over the last five years here and this son of Dutch Art will certainly be a popular winner.


Gold Link
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With career form figure of 228322, this one has been a little unlucky not to get his head in front but now making their handicap debut, this looks like a good opportunity to lose the maiden tag. He ran well at Market Rasen last time, finding just Restandbethankful too good who scored next time out in novice company. His jumping was better that day, but there’s still room for improvement in that regard. He’s Emma Lavelle’s only runner on the card and she’ll be hoping for a big run.


About Worcester Racecourse

One of the oldest racecourses in the country, action has been taking place at Worcester since 1718. The course provides National Hunt fans to enjoy jumps racing throughout the summer, with 21 annual fixtures in the warmer months of the year.

With sweeping turns, and relatively easy fences, the track can provide an ideal introduction for novice chasers to hone their jumping skills before targeting one of the big spring festivals.


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