16:45 Uttoxeter Sat 10 February 2018
Looked very much in need of the outing when beaten in a match at Bangor latest, unsurprisingly as it was his first run for over 20 months. Will need to jump better today too but yard having a good season and could well do that. Not ruled out.
Consistent and almost always well backed but in truth, fails to deliver the goods more often than not. Ran to form when third to Prairie Town at Sandown latest but not hard to think the handicapper has him at present.
Inconsistent but likes it here, and has two wins in the Uttoxeter mud to his name, so that's a plus, but does now need to bounce back from a poor effort at Hereford last time. Risky, but that course record helps, and not discounted.
Seems to reserve some of his better efforts for Sandown these days, and another solid effort there in December followed up by a poor one at Plumpton last time only goes to emphasise that. On that alone, others make more appeal.
Did everything but win at Newcastle last time out, headed on the line after looking all over the winner. Cheekpieces go back on, which may help, still nicely handicapped and every chance if repeating that effort.
Had given notice that his turn wasn't far away when winning at Southwell earlier in the week, a good jump at the last helping him catch the reluctant leader close home. Quickly turned out under a penalty but this slower ground not really a help.
Pretty consistent but oh-so-hard to win with and you've got to go back to 2015 to find the last time he got his head in front. Not hard to look elsewhere for the winner.
Last Year's Winner
|Rock On Rocky||9||11-2||13/2|
|T: M SheppardJ: Stan Sheppard|
Beau Bay (11/4), Jaunty Thor (3/1), Ulis De Vassy (4/1), Truckers Highway (7/1), Champagne James (9/1), Pembroke House (10/1), Gregarious (12/1)
- Jaunty Thor
- Truckers Highway
- Ulis De Vassy
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