15:35 Sandown Sat 7 January 2017
Has defied the handicapper twice this season and was well placed to pick up a novice event last time. A further rise sets him a difficult task in trying to concede weight to horses who look better treated.
Impressive winner at Cheltenham but failed to back that up when well beaten off today's mark next time. There is a real sense he needs races run to suit and the presence of Robinshill as a likely pacemaker will aid his cause.
Winner of two races in France with more in hand than the margins suggest. Makes debut for top yard off a handicap mark that looks about right. There could be more improvement to come and the jockey has an impressive 33% strike rate for the stable. Worth a check in the market following a 15 month layoff.
Winner of the valuable Prelude Hurdle at Market Rasen two seasons ago and was running a big race in this season's renewal when taking a heavy fall two out. He may have remembered that in his next two starts and blinkers are applied. Jockey is unbeaten on him and he is one to note in the market.
Has run well here previously including on his reappearance in November. Stable have gone off the boil since and he did not run to the same level next time.
Winner over 2m on the flat during the summer. Not disgraced in two runs over timber this winter and the form of his latest effort looks a lot better now given the subsequent victory of the winner. Takes a drop in distance here having run freely over further.
Gets a useful pull in the weights with Kapstadt on Cheltenham running. That was his first run in six months and he should be thereabouts for a yard who have not left this meeting empty handed since 2006.
Smart Flat performer who has not run over hurdles for more than three years. Those efforts and his Flat form suggest he may have been let in lightly. Stable in form and jockey has ridden 11 of their 14 National Hunt winners in the last five seasons.
Form of his Ascot victory has not worked out and he was comfortably beaten at short odds next time. Best watched after an absence of more than a year.
Last Year's Winner
Chocala (9/4), Krugermac (6/1), Discours D'un Roi (6/1), Cloonacool (7/1), Maestro Royal (15/2), John Reel (8/1), Faithful Mount (8/1), Robinshill (9/1), Kapstadt (14/1), Prairie Town (20/1)
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