13:50 Newbury Sat 10 February 2018
Fine effort when fourth behind Apple's Jade in Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham last season and third in Listed Chepstow contest on final start. Just one run this term, tailed off over fences at Chepstow in October. Stays this trip if able to show best.
Fine novice hurdler in 2015/16, including the Grade 1 Challow over 2m4½f here before losing unbeaten record when fourth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Off more than a year since being pulled up on chase bow, big player if ability retained.
Progressive staying hurdler during 2016 but has been sidelined for 428 days ahead of this run. Handicapper has given him a chance and trainer has his string in super form. One to note in betting.
Good winner at Wincanton (2m5f, good) in November, was held when falling at Wincanton on Boxing Day over similar trip in heavy ground. Unexposed over this longer trip and could be a player if stamina holds out. One of two for trainer.
Scored pair of 2m3f wins at Doncaster and Warwick in May to start career over jumps, may have needed reappearance at Doncaster (2m5f) in December when travelling well for long way before tiring. Second Alan King runner, yard in fine tune lately.
Jumping (left) let him down on chase debut at Ascot in November when favourite for 3m novice handicap chase. Reverts back to hurdles with cheekpieces added first time. Should be capable of mounting a challenge.
Showed liking for a stamina test when scoring second hurdles success at Warwick (3m2f, heavy) 16 days ago, goes up 9lb for that win and while not discounted could do with sharpening up his hurdling technique.
Produced best effort when second in Doncaster maiden hurdle over 2m5f (soft) early last month. Winner gave that form a nice boost when scoring wide-margin Towcester success on Thursday and not one to discount readily from a fair mark.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs D A HamerJ: T E Whelan|
Barters Hill (15/8), King Uther (5/2), Lough Derg Farmer (13/2), Book of Gold (9/1), Talkischeap (11/1), Bastien (12/1), The Eaglehaslanded (12/1), Indian Stream (40/1)
- Barters Hill
- Book of Gold
- Lough Derg Farmer
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