20:25 Fontwell Thu 17 May 2018
Useful hunter chaser, winner at Stratford last year when ground came in his favour and ran well for a long way at Cheltenham latest considering trip as a bit too far for him. Conditions ideal here and looks a big player.
Would just about be the best of these under Rules and will find this a lot easier than the races he's tackled at Cheltenham and Aintree. Course winner but may find this test too sharp, especially on likely quick ground. Respected nevertheless.
Better effort at Cheltenham on latest start but still didn't settle and faded up the final climb. Needs to settle better here or will find himself vulnerable late in the day again.
Likes this ground but wasn't up to much under Rules and is in no form at present. Hard to make a solid case for.
Did win an Open at Brampton last year (under similar conditions to today) but form since then has taken a bit of a nosedive. Hard to fancy on recent efforts and others preferred.
Going nowhere fast at present and well beaten on most of his recent starts. Difficult to see him playing a significant part tonight.
Very useful 2m chaser at his best for Alan Fleming, often competing in top grade events, but doesn't seem the force of old and was already on the retreat when unseating at Leicester last time. Better ground may help, so hard to totally discount.
Second to Numbercruncher at Stratford last year, a run that came somewhat out of the blue, and she's not repeated it since. These conditions probably suit her best, so she may run better than form suggests, but would still be a surprise winner.
Last Year's Winner
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Wells De Lune (8/11), Numbercruncher (7/2), Velvet Maker (4/1), Brave Jaq (10/1), Starkie (10/1), Le Bacardy (22/1), Next Surprise (25/1), Noble Friend (33/1), Exclusive Rights (50/1), Jamrham (50/1)
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