16:45 Sandown Fri 9 March 2018
- Noel Fehily Cheltenham Previews At 188Bet Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
- 2m 3f 173y, Soft (Heavy in places, back straight G/Soft in places)
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Makes his handicap debut here off a big weight despite not having won any of his four novice events (placed once). Should be able to progress in time but this mark looks beyond him.
Unlucky to have been narrowly beaten at Ascot last time. Down in class and trip here but possibly better on a sounder surface.
Form tailed off slightly on his last two runs but has been given a break and a wind op. If returning to something like his best he could well go close here.
Makes her handicap debut here having run well in all three novice/maiden heats. Could possibly be well treated off this opening mark and could well progress further given she has few miles on the clock.
Usually runs his race and these conditions should be ideal for him, though it's a mild concern that he's 11lb higher than at the time of his most recent win.
Pulled-up at Chepstow last time on handicap debut and stays at that longer trip here. Second in a novice hurdle but was still beaten 26L and difficult to build a case for here.
If anything took a step back on handicap debut at Wincanton last time out and it's difficult to see him getting involved against some rivals who have shown much more.
Has been slightly disappointing over hurdles so far given he won his only bumper. Has failed to complete in three of his five starts so far and not one to rely on on that basis.
0/31 in his career so far which is obviously far from encouraging. Even when placing he hasn't run particularly well and others make much more appeal.
Last Year's Winner
Lip Service (11/4), Jet Set (3/1), Three Star General (11/2), Sergeant Brody (7/1), Admiral Kid (9/1), Lex Talionis (10/1), Fenlons Court (10/1), Tzar De L'elfe (12/1), Vango De Vaige (12/1), Cheer's Delboy (12/1), Coeur Pensif (16/1)
- Lip Service
- Jet Set
- Lex Talionis
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