14:20 Huntingdon Tue 17 October 2017
Two from two over hurdles and looked an improved horse when winning at Worcester last time out. This isn't any more difficult and as he handles quicker ground fine, every chance of the hat-trick despite 8lb rise. Usually held up.
Been around the block a bit but still capable when conditions are right, and popped up under an enterprising ride at Brighton on the Flat this summer. New yard have shown how adept they are at turning these sorts around, and he's an interesting one.
Consistent last season, and has paid for that as he's only 1lb lower than the start of last season. Needed a run to put him right then and that may well be the case again here after an absence since February.
Drop back to a bare 2m probably a good move as he seems to finish weakly at further, and quick ground will help in that regard too. Needs to bounce back from a poor effort last time out but chances on previous Market Rasen form, and not dismissed.
Won a couple of handicaps last winter under similar conditions to today's (good ground, right-handed tracks) but a couple of moderate efforts since then and it may be that the handicapper has him where he wants him at present.
Found some form in the spring and won a small handicap at Stratford in April, but three runs since then (Flat and jumps) have only highlighted his inconsistency. Nicely handicapped if bouncing back, but hard to know what to expect.
Had to be dropped to selling company to get on the score sheet in August (not unbacked that day) and ran even better than that when third at Hexham next time. Likely conditions ideal here and may well be in the shake up again.
Very hit-and-miss but did come good at Perth in July, and only 2lb higher here. Poor efforts since then, however, and although conditions fine again today, not one to trust, with poor overall strike-rate telling it's own story.
Disappointed at Kelso when made favourite last time, but possible that race came a bit soon after a good effort at Uttoxeter a week before. Can be a bit free on the front, but likely conditions fine and chances if bouncing back.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C E LongsdonJ: R Johnson|
Inn The Bull (7/4), Cashanova (4/1), Bohernagore (5/1), Tempuran (8/1), Captain Felix (9/1), Wot A Shot (14/1), Elysian Prince (20/1), Goal (33/1), Bollin Line (50/1)
- Inn The Bull
- Bollin Line
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