14:25 Kelso Thu 15 February 2018
Very talented hurdler who hasn't quite made the grade over fences after an injury punctuated career. Stamped his class over his rivals when winning this by 7L in 2017, but this looks a stronger renewal, and he has a penalty to carry.
Progressive novice over 2m on testing ground. Dispatched inferior rivals at short odds at Ayr early last month, and whilst this rates as a much sterner test (stamina also to prove), his trainer is no stranger to success in this race.
Solid handicapper who was a 6L winner over 2m at Haydock (heavy) on his penultimate start in December. Probably not so sharp over 2m here latest, finishing three places behind Katgary, and still to prove definitively that he's up to this level.
Not won since June 2016 (2m4f good to firm), but impossible to knock his recent efforts, running a sound race in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth at Newcastle in November (fourth), and edged out by a neck by Mirsaale here last month (2m).
Last Year's Winner
|T: J M JeffersonJ: B S Hughes|
Chti Balko (6/4), Better Getalong (9/4), Dame Rose (9/4), Cyrus Darius (5/2), Katgary (10/1)
- Dame Rose
- Better Getalong
- Cyrus Darius
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