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Steps To Freedom

Steps To Freedom is a Grade 2 winner in a bumper and over hurdles

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Freedom makes chasing debut at Roscommon

STEPS TO FREEDOM, who won the Grade 2 Aintree Champion Bumper in 2011, makes his chasing debut at Roscommon in the 7.50 in a race won last year by Arkle runner-up Baily Green.

A Grade 2 winner over hurdles as well, Steps To Freedom was not beaten far on the Flat in either last year's Ebor or Group 3 Sagaro Stakes last month and is one of the most exciting horses in the 2m novice division.

He faces Grade 2 winning chaser Rathlin, who has done all his winning over further but still heads the market at 13-8, with Steps To Freedom a 9-4 shot.

Jessica Harrington also runs Jetson, third at Cheltenham and second at Aintree, in a handicap chase off a mark 13lb lower than his rating over hurdles.

"The 3m trip will suit and so will the smaller fences. He's in good form and I just hope they've done a good job watering the track," said Harrington.

Jetson heads the market at 6-1 for the 16 runner, €25,000 contest.

Today's key pointers

Sire Cape Cross's record at Southwell with hurdlers overall reads 5-11, 45%, so course winner Tamarillo Grove (8.10pm) has to be interesting.

Saeed Bin Suroor is 3-5 since 2010 with runners in non-handicaps at Brighton so Al Manaal (2.45pm) is worth consideration.

Richard Hughes has a 11-21 record on two-year-olds at Windsor since the start of 2012, which is a 53% strike-rate. He rides Constantine (6.30pm).

Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive

Brighton: Firm (Watered)
Newton Abbot: Good to Firm, Good in places
Roscommon: Good to Firm, Firm in places (Watered)
Southwell: Good (Watered)
Windsor: Good to Firm (Watered)

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