17:05 Southwell Sun 13 May 2018
Looked to improve for the step up in trip last time out when finishing second of 10 beaten ½L when blundering his chance away at the last. Another bold show looks likely.
Has produced a number of laboured runs in two handicap hurdle appearances since the turn of the year and first-time tongue tie unlikely to improve performance on first run since wind op.
Failed to finish her final two races of 2017 following a win at Newton Abbot in April when in the care of Phillip Hobbs. Best watched on return to the track, on stable debut and with first-time tongue-tie.
Races 10lb lower than initial handicap rating in December. Well beaten and never a factor in two starts this year including an 11L defeat here last month. Looks opposable.
Left previous trainer Ian Williams for £8,000 in November 2017, and finished a close up fifth on stable debut in a Newcastle Flat handicap in March. Last seen over timber in November and should appreciate the return here.
Modest point-to-point form and pulled up in a Stratford handicap hurdle last month. Has work to do on bare form.
Distance winner who won a Fakenham novice handicap hurdle in February 2017. Hard to construct much of a case for him here being off the track 14 months.
Won a Sedgefield handicap hurdle last month finishing a neck ahead of Rock Of Leon and 11 rivals over 2m5f. Raised 5lb for his effort and market should be informative.
Kept on under pressure to regain third in a nine-runner handicap hurdle at Kempton last month on soft ground and has place claims again here.
C&D winner here in February of a 5lb lower mark on soft ground beating 13 rivals 4½L. Beaten 44L last time out but could go well back at this track.
C&D winner but losing run now totals 21. Well beaten and never a factor last time out in an Exeter handicap hurdle finishing 43L adrift of Breaking Ground. Plenty to prove in this contest.
Sixth of eight beaten 83L in a Hexham handicap hurdle on heavy ground in March. Hard to construct much of a case for the mare here.
Well beaten in four starts since the turn of the year and others look to be progressing at a quicker rate so needs to up her game in first-time cheekpieces.
Had a couple of attempts over fences, but failed to complete on both occasions. Been back over hurdles for his last five starts and comfortably held each time.
Last Year's Winner
Strawberry Spirit (4/1), The Flame (9/2), St Andrews (6/1), Stonebrigg Legend (13/2), Ever So Much (8/1), The Lion Man (10/1), Houndscourt (10/1), Oregon Gold (14/1), Admiral Blake (16/1), Classula (16/1), Theatre Rouge (20/1), Improved (25/1), Volcan Surprise (25/1), Dudette (50/1)
- Strawberry Spirit
- Ever So Much
- St Andrews
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