13:15 Cheltenham Sun 19 November 2017
Beaten 74L over C&D last time out and despite collecting some fair form in bumpers/novice hurdles, he probably needs it softer.
Lightly-raced gelding who makes his handicap debut here having run good races in three maiden/novice events including behind the promising River Wylde at Ludlow. Off since January but should have plenty more to offer off this opening handicap mark.
Makes his handicap debut here having gotten off the mark in a minor maiden at Uttoxeter last time out. Useful bumper performer prior to that and not impossible he could progress to get involved here.
On the same mark as when well-beaten in a similar race to this over C&D last month. Has some nice form from his novice campaign but seems held on that evidence and wouldn't want it any softer.
A winner at Warwick in late September but failed to build on that at Ascot last time out. Is much higher in the weights than at the time of that win and may be held by the handicapper for now.
Makes his first start in a handicap hurdle having run well in second at Kempton when last seen. This opening mark may prove a little high based on what he's shown but he seems progressive.
Made a promising handicap debut at Hereford before faring okay prior to falling at Ludlow last time out. Those were much weaker affairs though and he probably wants it softer.
Has run some good races in decent handicap hurdles but has won just the once and probably needs it softer than it's likely to be here. Cheekpieces on.
Lightly-raced for his age, remains a maiden over hurdles and reverts to the smaller obstacles having been running well over fences recently, and having his first start for this trainer.
Yet to get off the mark over hurdles but ran a very good race to finish third in a Grade 3 at Sandown earlier in the year off 2lb lower. This is highly competitive but he could hit the frame again.
A winner at Newton Abbott two starts ago but pulled-up off 10lb higher at Exeter latest. Three of his four wins have come on heavy ground (exception yielding to soft), so almost certainly needs it more testing.
Has been a useful performer on his day and has certainly been aiming high recently, but more letters than numbers in his form mean he is difficult to build a case for.
Useful handicapper on his day but getting on now and may find some of the more progressive types here too much to handle, especially as he's generally better over further nowadays.
Fairly inexperienced with just the two runs over hurdles so far, but he has acquitted himself fairly well so far. May be caught out for lack of practice here, especially in the big field.
No win since July 2015 (has switched stables since), and difficult to fancy down just 1lb for a heavy defeat in a weaker race at Chepstow last time.
Returned after a summer break with just a fair performance in sixth at Wincanton last time out, and was well-beaten by Sunnytahliateigan prior to that. Probably set for a minor role off just 2lb lower.
Reverts to hurdles after getting off the mark over hudles at a fair price at Worcester last time. Rated 3lb higher over the smaller obstacles but would still be well treated on the basis of that piece of form.
Six race maiden who is yet to finish within 10L of a winner and should find this mark too steep on his first start in handicap company.
Dead-heated in a Kilbeggan bumper in April but only poor form since, including since switched to handicap company the last twice (form figures in that sphere read P7).
Last Year's Winner
|T: H FryJ: Kieron Edgar|
Melrose Boy (11/4), Wylde Magic (7/2), Black Ivory (8/1), Tempuran (8/1), Atlantic Grey (9/1), Lip Service (10/1), Undefined Beauty (10/1), Another Frontier (11/1), Buckle Street (14/1), Cottersrock (14/1), Rebel Yeats (16/1), Sunnytahliateigan (16/1), Cornish Warrior (20/1), Oski (20/1), Bye Bye O Bye (25/1), Potters Story (25/1), Tynecastle Park (28/1), Charlie's Charm (33/1), Maguire's Glen (33/1), Sheer Poetry (40/1), Lambs Lane (50/1), Tarrona (50/1), Samson (50/1), Gran Maestro (66/1)
- Undefined Beauty
- Melrose Boy
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