Good opportunity for progressive Remiluc to get off the mark

Chris Gordon’s Remiluc must take all the beating in division two of the “Bulldog Chase” Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton today.

He took a massive step forward on anything he had shown previously when chasing home a smart sort last time out and with that run under his belt for confidence, he can be expected to come forward again.

He was beaten two and a half lengths by Paul Nicholls’ Vago Collonges, who franked the form in no uncertain terms when looking all over the winner of a Grade Two event at Cheltenham on Saturday before being worn down close home.

Remiluc actually joined Nicholls from France but after one run for the champion trainer he was swiftly moved on. It could prove a hasty decision.

With Jonjo O’Neill’s string slowly coming back to a peak in time for Cheltenham he unleashes a potentially decent French recruit in Box Office, who runs in the Superman And War Elephant Challenge Handicap Hurdle.

Bought by JP McManus for €185,000, he won three of his four starts before going through the ring.

His only defeat came behind Bristol De Mai, winner of a Grade One on his first start for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

He has a victory over Baron Alco to his credit, who is now an above-average juvenile for Gary Moore, and an opening mark of 135 could seriously underestimate his potential.

Mick Appleby and Ali Rawlinson are a force to be reckoned with when teaming up at Southwell and Adili looks sure to be suited by the slight drop in trip for the Handicap.

Appleby is one of the most upwardly mobile trainers in the country, and he farms races at his local track on a regular basis.

Rawlinson is a very capable 5lb claimer and his allowance could be crucial in this contest as Adili has looked a little in the grip of the handicapper.

He was slightly unlucky at Southwell three starts back over this one-mile-six trip when beaten just half a length under Luke Morris but his last two runs have come at two miles which just seems to stretch him.

A beaten favourite the last twice, most recently at Chelmsford City, the return to Fibresand is also a plus.

Rawlinson’s claim makes him of huge interest in a contest where only a couple of his rivals arrive in similar consistent form.

Experience of the Fibresand might just swing things in favour of Abi Scarlet in the 32Red Fillies’ Handicap.

She has won her last two starts, both at Southwell, and while they were only a claimer and a seller, she is obviously in great heart.

Charles Hills’ Barbs Princess looks a big threat but horses that act at Kempton and Wolverhampton like her tend not to also be suited by Southwell.

Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Reetaj has already had two runs at Southwell and has found only one too good both occasions. He has done nothing wrong on either outing and the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes appears to offer him a good opportunity to break his duck.

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