15:45 Taunton Tue 20 February 2018
Back to winning ways last time out turning in a career best although he was seen to good effect from the front. Has to defy an even tougher task here as he's up 5lb for that win and he'll need to show even more here.
C&D winner who now reverts to hurdles after some very disappointing outings over fences when she often found little once asked for an effort. Has won a Listed hurdle around here but mark looks stiff and recent form isn't encouraging.
Still some 6lb above his last winning mark and this is a higher grade than he last won in. Did run well a few outings ago at Sandown but hasn't really backed that up since and likely to face some pace pressure here and others are preferred.
You have to go a fair way back for the last of this one's three hurdles wins although his last two runs have shown that he's working his way back to form in good contests. No match for the winner last time and back in trip here he's likely to give a good account.
Has shown some remarkable progress this season in handicaps winning three on the bounce before the handicapper seemingly caught up with him last time at Sandown. That was still a good but he's pushed up another 1lb here and may be held again.
Tongue-tie added to cheekpieces this time around having shown some fairly useful form over hurdles and he now steps into handicap company for the first time. Found less than looked likely last time (loomed up on bridle turning for home); not easily written off though and worth another chance.
In far better form on the Flat of late and despite descending below his last winning mark over hurdles he produced a laboured effort last time. Hard to fashion a case for him in this sort of company and likely to find this a stiff task.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: Stan Sheppard|
Black Mischief (15/8), Our Merlin (7/2), Caid Du Lin (9/2), Unison (5/1), Hurricane Hollow (10/1), Dovils Date (16/1), Coillte Lass (25/1)
- Black Mischief
- Hurricane Hollow
- Our Merlin
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