14:30 Sedgefield Tue 15 May 2018
Hasn't tasted success since July 2016 (for Dan Skelton) despite numerous attempts and might well need this race, being his first start since October 2017. However, he should handle the fast ground and also appreciate the drop in grade.
Made all to beat the quirky Yourholidayisover when scoring by 3L at Southwell in June 2017 (2m good). Races from a 3lb lower mark here, having left the care of Patrick Holmes since his last start at Catterick in November.
Tapeta, Fibresand, hurdles or fences, he's pretty much won on or over everything since joining this trainer. 9lb higher than when making all to score by 1L from Black Kettle over C&D in September (good). Had recent wind surgery.
All of his best form over fences has come on quick ground, so the forecast conditions will be firmly in his favour. Beaten 6L by Rhythm of Sound (2m good to firm) at Leicester in November, and holds every chance based on that effort.
In the process of running a solid race on just his second start over fences last month (C&D heavy), when falling at the last (usual two out) in a race won by Frankie Ballou. Respected off the same mark today.
Pulled up on his latest start in February (2m3f+), and is now win-less in 27 attempts under rules. Handles good ground, but couldn't be considered on these unfavourable terms.
Increasingly poor for previous trainer Diana Grissell, but well backed for his stable debut for his current trainer at Fontwell in March (fell). Still waiting to see if wind surgery has had any positive impact (£2,000 buy in August 2017).
Veteran who tends to force the pace and is a dual C&D winner (soft). Below his best for some considerable time now and will almost certainly face a fierce battle for the lead today.
Last Year's Winner
|Hope For Glory||8||10-0||25/1|
|T: M A BarnesJ: S Mulqueen|
Citadel (1/1), My Renaissance (9/2), Stormbay Bomber (7/1), Boss Des Mottes (15/2), No No Cardinal (8/1), Monbeg Cave (16/1), Reverse The Charge (25/1), Duhallowcountry (50/1)
- No No Cardinal
- My Renaissance
- Monbeg Cave
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