13:40 Doncaster Sat 16 December 2017
Smart hurdler over the minimum trip and won last season's Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival. Latest 4½L second to champion hurdler was another improvement and he commands plenty of respect in this line-up. Softer ground preferable.
Progressive over hurdles this year and goes well on a sound surface. Not disgraced last time in Newbury Listed event and 1lb drop for that effort won't harm. Enters calculations.
Was decent as a novice last season. Beaten only 3½L in the County Hurdle and 2¼L in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle. Was off that level in his Cheltenham reappearance last month and 2lb drop could help with a revival in fortunes.
Won a maiden hurdle at Catterick in 2015 and wound up that season with a 7¼L eighth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. Seen only on the Flat since but warmed up for this with 2L fourth in a Newcastle handicap last week. Market check advised.
Well placed to win six of her nine starts and took a liking to this track when giving William Of Orange 4lb and a 2¼L beating over C&D (good to soft) earlier in the month. 4lb worse off with that opponent today but still improving and has claims.
Has been off the track for 13 months, so will have fitness/well being to prove on this return. Dropped 7lb since his last run and on his best form that would give him a chance again. Check market for any confidence with stable among the winners.
Arrives on the back of his best performance in winning a Huntingdon handicap hurdle (2m, good to soft) under this jockey last time from 3lb lower. More needed in this field, but no reason why he can't remain competitive.
Meets Irish Roe for the third time in succession with the score at 1-1. 4lb better off with her for his 2¼L defeat here last time. Still appears to be finding improvement and should once again be thereabouts.
Yet to win in handicap company over hurdles. Slightly hampered last time approaching last flight at Cheltenham but still beaten almost 10L from this mark and does look to be in the grip of the handicapper at present.
Last Year's Winner
|All Set To Go||5||11-10||7/2|
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Irish Roe (3/1), Flying Tiger (4/1), Amour de Nuit (9/2), Percy Street (5/1), Mohaayed (7/1), William Of Orange (8/1), Star Foot (20/1), Always Resolute (25/1), Minellaforleisure (50/1)
- Amour de Nuit
- Flying Tiger
- Irish Roe