Timeform pick out their three best bets from Uttoxeter on Sunday…
“…remains open to more improvement after just four starts over hurdles and should take all the beating…”
Timeform on Mauricio
MIDNIGHT AURORA could be the sort to kick on now that she’s come good and is fancied to make light of a 7 lb rise for her recent Worcester win, a narrow leader on weight-adjusted ratings and open to more improvement over this sort of trip (still unexposed at 27f+). The consistent Handy Hollow rates an obvious threat despite having gone up a further 7 lb for finishing second last time, while Balkinstown can extend his run of creditable placed efforts.
COBRA DE MAI did well over fences last season, ending the campaign with an excellent second in a Grade 2 at Ayr, and could be the way to go with his mark not having taken the big hit that might have been expected. Crievehill progressed throughout last season and may still have more to offer, while Javert has won all of his completed starts over fences and is another to note should the market speak in his favour after a long absence.
MAURICIO showed improved form to get off the mark on his handicap debut over C&D recently, always in control after hitting the front at the last. He has a 6 lb rise in the weights to contend with here, but remains open to more improvement after just four starts over hurdles and should take all the beating in his follow-up bid for a yard that could hardly be in better form (four winners from last five runners). Throckley and Chantecler head the list of dangers.
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