18:40 Aintree Fri 18 May 2018
Recently switched back to hurdling, and though those two runs have been far from his best, the better ground and first-time cheek pieces could help him here.
Form in novice company ties in with some very nice horses, and making his handicap debut here off a mark of 138, he may well be able to get competitive over a trip he seemed to enjoy last time out.
Pulled-up in a fairly similar (though probably slightly more competitive) race at Sandown last time and all wins off 7lb lower than this at the highest.
Previous course winner and generally goes fairly well here. Needs to improve on recent form but not beaten far off 2lb higher on his most recent visit here.
Has been pulled-up three of her last four starts, often fairly quickly which is an obvious concern, but if replicating the form of her Taunton victory three starts back she's have to have a chance off 6lb higher.
Has looked held by the handicapper on his last two starts following a good spell, and off just 2lb lower here it's easy to imagine a similar story.
Ran well in a Cheltenham Listed race when last seen, and her last win came off 6lb lower than that. Ground should suit and she should go well again.
Out-ran his odds to finish a close second in Grade 3 company last time out. A 3lb rise looks a fair one, and if can run to that level on a sounder surface he should go very well.
Pulled-up when jumping poorly on chasing debut last time out, and reverts to hurdles here. Could have more to offer over the smaller obstacles, especially on the basis of a smooth success at Doncaster as a novice.
Unsuccessful in stepping up to this trip for the first time at this course last time out and more needed here off just 2lb lower.
Down the field in a highly competitive handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last time on stable debut. Horses often improve for switch to this yard so interesting to see how he fares in this smaller field.
Down to just 1lb above his most recent winning mark, but this looks much tougher and it's easy to imagine him getting outclassed.
Last Year's Winner
|Jacks Last Hope||8||11-9||6/1|
|T: C GrantJ: P J Brennan|
Theclockisticking (7/2), Eaton Hill (4/1), Whatzdjazz (9/2), Sternrubin (7/1), Wenyerreadyfreddie (8/1), Caius Marcius (10/1), Lisheen Prince (12/1), Stamp Your Feet (12/1), Massini's Trap (14/1), Diamond Fort (25/1), Cool Sky (33/1), Canelie (40/1)
- Eaton Hill
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