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IF THE CAP FITS is a very classy 9 year old who has taken well to the larger obstacles, winning on his chase debut over 2m5f comfortably beating the highly rated fiddlerontheroof by an eased down 7 ½ lengths. He has since been stepped up twice to 3 miles where he has been far from disgraced with two placed efforts finishing well on both occasions, whilst being given too much to do from the early stages of the race. His jumping was put under pressure by the unusual fast pace in the 3mile event which left him trailing behind before staying on with real purpose, as he usually does towards the later stages of his races.
He steps up to 3m4f which he has been absolutely crying out for, and the slower ran race will enable him to put his jumping to better effect. His hurdle form evidently shows the further he goes the better he gets, and he rallies extremely well which may prove vital here. He has managed to beat the likes of Roksana and Apples Jade over hurdles by coming off the pace, and wasn’t beaten far by stayers hurdle winner Paisley Park at Cheltenham.
The thing that made these runs in particular so much more impressive and eye catching was the fact he gave his hurdles a lot of air. The transition to fences has been a revelation and he acts on all surfaces. This race looks absolutely made for him and he is unbeaten at Taunton. He looks to have the winning credentials in this contest
An exciting prospect and heavy ground specialist ESPOIR DE GUYE will take all the beating in the Bet365 Handicap Chase at Ascot. He has been ultra progressive and comes here running off a very handy mark. The Venetia Williams trained 7 year old is the youngest in the field and also the horse with the most untapped potential.
After picking up some very notable victories in 2019, his efforts then gave him a spot in the National Hunt Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham festival where he was sent off as low as 8/1 second favourite but disappointed with an uncharacteristic ride from the back of the field pulling up before 2 out. He was known to have had a slight breathing issue and was given a break to have wind surgery. This certainly did the trick because he went on impressively to win on his reappearance over course and distance by half a length being hard held by Charlie Deutsch.
He found the step up to 3miles too much on his latest run but the drop back to 2m5f after looks ideal for him to continue his road onto the graded races. He will relish the Heavy ground and is open to bags of improvement with a step up in grade on the horizon. Needs to be taken very seriously amongst a group of exposed horses and may have too much class for these.