15:45 Kempton Mon 14 May 2018
- Matchbook Is Commission Free Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
- 2m 5f, Good (Good to Firm in places)
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
On a hat-trick mission having been particularly impressive when coasting in at Towcester recently. 10lb rise makes life harder, but he did look a step or two ahead of the handicapper and should go close once again.
Beaten quite a long way in each of his three starts in novice hurdles and looks to have his fair share of weight for this handicap debut. Needs to step his game up and others make more appeal.
Dropping down the weights and has run some fair races at around two miles. Not certain this longer trip is within her compass but the first time tongue-tie may help the cause and a good show is not ruled out by any means.
Not much to crow about in four starts so far and lost place quickly at Huntingdon after 3 out last time in a maiden hurdle. Hopes rest on the quicker ground bringing about improvement but others make far more appeal.
Went close on both starts in handicap hurldes in the autumn and returns now from a six-month break off a 5lb higher mark. Connections may well have saved him for this quicker ground so looks a contender assuming he's fit and ready to go.
Wasn't winning out of turn when justifying favouritism at Newton Abbot last month over 2m3f. Extra trip shouldn't harm and he may be a contender despite an 8lb hike in the wieghts.
10-race maiden whow as running a fair race when coming down at the 9th in three-mile handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter recently. Too early to say how he would have fared but runs off same mark and is not without hope.
Fairly consistent handicapper but keeps finding a few too good. Top conditional jockey rides and 3lb claim will help, as too may the better ground anticipated here. Stable remains in very good form.
Nine races without success thus far and looked a tricky ride at Fontwell last month when runnng with credit to finish third over this trip. 1lb lower now but may still need a little more help from the handicapper.
Last Year's Winner
Cheltenam De Vaige (9/4), Goldslinger (9/2), Zoltan Varga (11/2), Bertie Barnes (13/2), Celma Des Bois (9/1), Kaddys Dream (10/1), Miss Adventure (10/1), Inspireus (20/1), Farmer Boy (25/1)
- Bertie Barnes
- Cheltenam De Vaige
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