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Regal Encore goes out as favourite here after an impressive 2nd place last year at Cheltenham in the Champion Bumper. Since then Regal Encore has been impressive with 2nd places at Aintree and Hexham and a win at Plumpton. With only 1st and 2nd places on the career record, it's difficult to overlook Regal Encore here.
Gilgamboa is a tough runner and has already won over hurdles over 20f, and won at Leopardstown in a field of 24 runners in January. Gilgamboa can perform on the heavy going so the odds may move in nearer the day if conditions suit.
Lac Fontana has more experience than the front runners in the betting, including invaluable Cheltenham experience. Lac Fontana has run here 4 times since the Festival last year and achieved 8th place in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Lac Fontana is one to watch given Cheltenham experience.
Renneti does not have a lot of experience and is too much of a gamble here in our opinion. Flaxen Flare has potential, with a long career record and a win last year at Cheltenham in the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at odds of 25/1.
WinDrawWin Prediction - Lac Fontana To Win. Regal Encore To Place.