Fidelio Vallis  won a nice race at Kempton in March where he absolutely bolted up.

If racing hadn’t been stopped then I imagine he would have gone up in class and Paul Nicholls would have found a nice race for him.

Paul has won this Listed Novices’ Hurdle (14:22) twice in the past four years, so you can bet he had this race in mind.

He’s had a great start to the season so far and I think he’ll have another winner here.

Verdana Blue  is a cracking mare and isn’t that far off Champion Hurdle class.

She just needs quick ground and she’ll get that at Kempton, that’s for sure.

She’s a Grade 1 winner who is getting weight from her rivals in the Racing TV Hurdle (15:32) so she’ll take all the beating.

She’s had a run on the Flat, too, so she’ll be fit and ready.


Articulum  is a smart horse that managed to finish third in the Arkle in 2019.

He’s got top weight to shoulder in his Handicap Chase (17:00), but with good reason, as he’s the best horse in the race.

This is an open-looking contest that looks as though it will be won by something near the top end of the weights as those at the bottom have a lot to make up.

I’m sure he’ll be fit and well on his comeback run and should be capable of running into the money under Sean Flanagan.

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