Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Graham Cunningham's Guide to Rest of the Card

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Graham Cunningham's Guide to Rest of the Card

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Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM

2.00 It doesn't get any easier for punters on day three, but ADOPTED HERO is nominated as an interesting each-way option.

He was a smart horse for John Gosden on the Flat and looks set to reach a similar level over hurdles based on the way he quickened to win at Huntingdon last month.

Granted, that bare form doesn't match what Trouble At Bay has shown in winning his last five, and Alan King's gelding is just the sort of tough customer to thrive in what is often a very rough race.

Tusk is another tough cookie with plenty to recommend him, while Moulin Riche and Al Eile can also go well, but Adopted Hero really impressed with the way he went about his job last time and looks to have plenty of improvement in him.

2.35 The odds are seldom much to write home about, but opposing BARACOUDA has been the way to the poor house.

The peerless French hurdler has looked better than ever this season, most recently when giving lumps of weight and a beating to some good handicappers at Sandown, and looks all set to win this for the third year running.

Iris's Gift gave him most to do last year and showed plenty of dash on his belated reappearance. Solerina, Crystal D'Ainay and Sh Boom all have prospects of place money, but Baracouda is far superior to them on form. He thoroughly deserves to be odds-on and can come home in front again at the main expense of Crystal D'Ainay.

4.00 All eyes will be on LORD ATTERBURY, and David Pipe's exciting gelding can live up to the hype as he makes his reappearance.

His preparation has been far from troublefree, but recent reports have been more encouraging and the way he slaughtered his rivals on Grand National day at Aintree last April left a deep impression.

Potential dangers look thin on the ground despite the big field. Earthmover is one possibility despite his advancing years.

Irish raider County Derry is another with the ability to make the frame, but Lord Atterbury has much more scope for improvement and can take this on his way to a possible tilt at the Grand National.

4.35 This looks sure to be fast and furious, so clean jumping will be at a premium. …

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