15:15 Warwick Sat 10 February 2018
Useful novice a couple of seasons ago including when winning an Irish Grade 1 contest at Fairyhouse (2m4f, yielding). Not hit those heights in open company however and drops in grade having finished 21L third in a Grade 1 last time.
Three time winner in staying chases most recently over 3m1f at Cheltenham (good) in October. Finished runner-up over 3m5f here since and drops in trip having unseated early on at Sandown last week.
Impressed when winning this race off a 5lb lower mark in similar conditions in 2017. Pulled up in two subsequent outings however but ran well to finish second in a first time tongue tie (retained) on return to action at Chepstow a month ago.
Beat Templehills by 15L over an extended 2m3f at Chepstow last month but found life much tougher when pulled up in a Grade 3 at Cheltenham subsequently. Races off a mark 6lb higher than for that latest success.
Finished fourth in a highly competitive Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) last March and still going well when unseating rider over the same C&D the following month. Making his seasonal debut today.
Winning for the first time since joining this yard when impressing over 2m4f at Sandown (good-to-soft) in March last year. Held in valuable handicaps in both appearances this time around but remains open to improvement.
Successful three times over hurdles but sole chase victory came in a four runner novice contest at Bangor (good) in October 2016. Returns to fences today having won off an 8lb higher mark over hurdles in first time blinkers (retained) last time.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: D Crosse|
Value At Risk (15/8), Kylemore Lough (3/1), Cogry (11/2), Casse Tete (6/1), Templehills (15/2), Thomas Crapper (10/1), Pressurize (16/1)
- Casse Tete
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