15:00 Carlisle Mon 19 February 2018
Won for the first time since 2015 at Market Rasen (2m5½f, heavy) last time out and is most effective over this sort of trip. 5lb hike will make thing tougher, but is able to compete at this level again and should be in the mix.
All wins under rules have included good in the going description. Won a Musselburgh hunter chase over this trip last year and put in a decent reappearance at Kelso last month, but needs improvement to win from this mark.
Been in reasonable form this winter and when the handicapper relented last time, he scored over this trip at Uttoxeter (heavy). Back up 3lb as a result of that all out success and current level of ability suggests that he might be outfaced again.
Dual C&D winner in 2016. Stays further, but has been running well at around this trip in recent races. Not far away from this mark at Market Rasen last time out and it will be a surprise if he is not involved on the run-in once again.
Both his win were over Kelso's 2m trip on heavy ground. Missed over a year before being pulled up at Ayr on his reappearance. Has now dropped 17lb for his last three chase runs to a mark that would make him interesting if supported.
Best form over hurdles was at around 2m1f, but should see out this trip and if he can brush up a little on his jumping, you couldn't rule him out of having a say from this mark.
Won a novices' hurdle over this trip, though both chase wins over shorter, including last time at Catterick. Up 8lb for that 7L success, which equalled his best over fences. Not ruled out, but won't find it easy defying that rise.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch|
Swing Hard (5/2), Oak Vintage (3/1), Until Winning (4/1), Granville Island (11/2), Mahlerdramatic (17/2), Road To Gold (12/1), Top Cat Henry (25/1)
- Swing Hard
- Until Winning
- Top Cat Henry
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