13:40 Sandown Fri 17 February 2017
Winner of a couple of races last season when not asked to do too much. Has found little under pressure since and blinkers are tried for the first time.
Produced best effort for new connections when chasing home Cleni Wells last time under today's rider. Gets a 7lb pull here with that rival and looks weighted to turn the tables.
Has shown much improved form for the fitting of a hood. Broke his duck at Kempton last time but needs to find a bit more improvement if he is to confirm his superiority over Chieftain's Choice.
Stable in form and jockey booking catches the eye. Makes his handicap debut off an undemanding mark and he ought to be thereabouts.
French import who has shaped better than his final position suggests in his two runs for shrewd connections. Makes his handicap debut and is one to note in the market.
Third in this two years ago and was having his first run since when exploiting a lucrative mark last month. Has to face a 9lb higher mark and the bounce factor here but impossible to rule out.
Without a win since 2014 and pulled up on his last two starts. His handicap mark continues to fall but he still remains difficult to recommend.
Won a weak maiden hurdle at Huntingdon last March and beaten in both handicap starts since. Will be straighter following his reappearance from a seven month layoff. Going will suit and he is now on a more realistic mark. However, stable are just 1-33 with their hurdlers here over the past five seasons
Runner up in this last year off a 6lb higher mark. Second in a seller last time and has dropped to below his last winning mark. Has possibilities but others are preferred.
Last Year's Winner
Chieftain's Choice (3/1), Master Vintage (7/2), Centurius (9/2), Cleni Wells (5/1), Smart Catch (12/1), Baraymi (14/1), Royal Hall (16/1), Bella (16/1), Kingston (25/1)
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