Walk In The Storm opened her account in a bumper at Newcastle last season and she has shaped with promise on a few occasions since switched to hurdles, running her best race to date when runner-up on handicap debut at Ffos Las earlier this month. She was easy in the betting but was well served by a step back up in trip, outpaced approaching two out and rallying to the cause from there on in. This step up to three miles is sure to bring about even more improvement and she is fancied to open her account now.
Jon Riggens made a winning start for Edward Lynam over this course and distance in August 2021 and he returned to a similar level of form with a tongue tie fitted on his last three starts last season. He was unlucky not to be able to push the winner closer on his final start at Naas in November, travelling smoothly but encountering some trouble when attempting to make his challenge, and he stayed on well all the way to the line once in the clear. There may be more to come from him and he appeals as still being on a fair mark.
Bonttay confirmed the promise of her hurdling debut when landing the odds in good style at Exeter last month despite still showing signs of greenness, easily brushing aside another promising sort who has since franked the form. She was left with too much to do when finishing runner-up at Market Rasen last time, but arguably did well to finish as close as she did, and she looks very interesting now handicapping from a mark of 110. Bonttay also has first-time cheekpieces fitted which may sharpen her up further and she remains a horse to be positive about.
Zouky started at biggish odds but it didn't stop her making a winning debut at Newbury in August, beating some fairly useful fillies, and she proved that success no fluke when following up under a penalty at Haydock two weeks later. She improved as expected from her debut win, always holding off the runner-up in the closing stages to win with a bit up her sleeve. The switch to all-weather shouldn't pose a problem and she is potentially well treated now entering handicaps on her return from six months off, especially as she should have even more to offer.
Boldmere hasn't stood much racing of late, but he capitalised on a falling mark when resuming winning ways on his first foray into veterans' company at Doncaster last month, looking in rude health throughout the race and just kept up to his work in the closing stages. The runner-up was also well handicapped on the pick of his form, so it is form to take a positive view of, and a subsequent 6 lb rise still leaves him well treated on old form.
Royal Parade - 19:30 Wolverhampton
Royal Parade shaped with plenty of promise in a good race at Doncaster on his debut last year, finishing third to a couple of useful sorts, and he didn't need to improve when opening his account at Yarmouth a couple of starts later. Admittedly, he didn't progress as expected for the Gosdens afterwards, but he has since joined a yard that do well with new recruits, and he shaped well on his debut for new connections when third at Newcastle recently. Royal Parade wasn't well fancied in the betting, but held every chance in the closing stages, and he seems sure to go close again with that run under his belt.