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A great card at Pau today with my interest draw to the novice chase at 12.00pm UK time.

 

Twist of Art  rates as a confident bet for me at 7/4. Strong pedigree (bred by Julian Richmond-Watson), useful hurdles form (winner on debut) and looked really good here on his most recent start, his chase debut off a 4+ month break.

 

The Nicolle horses are firing again and the morning support for him on the  PMU can’t hurt.

 

Krakan is a danger at 2-1, who I fancied last time in a race which has since worked out well. However I can’t get away from the fact that he just looked sluggish at this C&D and lost quite a bit of ground on some of his jumps.

 

It’s not rained for 15 days at Pau. Although they have watered, I expect the drying ground to play into the hands of the keen-going selection, who jumps superbly for this grade.

 

12.00pm Pau 2 points win Twist of Magic @ 7/4 (William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook)