19:45 Aintree Fri 18 May 2018
Back in front at Kempton last time and steps up in trip here. Up 6lb but unexposed as a handicapper and the Champion Jockey retakes the ride.
Has run well the last twice and this trip likely to be idea, but unraced on ground quicker than good to soft despite his age.
Third at Carlisle last time out was his best effort in some time, though he finished behind My Old Gold last time out and may struggle to reverse that form.
Looked beaten when unseating the rider at Warwick last time out, and down just 2lb for second start in a handicap with blinkers applied for the first time.
Good form as a novice but hasn't been up to that level in handicaps since returning from an abandoned attempt at chasing. Blinkers now resorted to but has something to prove.
Flat handicap winner last time out, and form over hurdles recently gives some encouragement for this hurdle handicap newcomer. This longer trip could help, and he can't be ruled out.
Grade 3 winner over fences but also capable over hurdles, though recent performances when chasing have been some way short of his best.
This is easier than the Musselburgh handicap he was pulled up in last time out, but 6lb higher than his last winning mark and softer ground ideal.
Winner on handicap debut at Uttoxeter last time out and though up 8lb further improvement could be on the way and the ground won't be an issue for her.
Up again in the weights having run well at Perth last time out, and though she usually runs her race it's possible she may struggle off this mark. Ground shouldn't be an issue based on point-to-point form.
Nowhere near his best since joining this yard and all his best form on softer ground than he's likely to get here.
Yet to build on debut rules win at Worcester back in October, but this longer trip may help given he was a winner of his only point-to-point.
Solid handicap hurdle form so far and finished second at Newcastle last time off this mark (beaten favourite). Markedly up in trip here on likely better ground and could hit the frame again.
Last Year's Winner
|Knight Of Noir||8||11-7||6/1|
|T: N P MulhollandJ: N D Fehily|
Black Sam Bella (13/8), Lough Derg Farmer (15/2), Sky Pirate (8/1), Who's My Jockey (8/1), King Of Fashion (8/1), Polydora (9/1), My Old Gold (14/1), Wemyss Point (14/1), Knock House (16/1), Henllan Harri (20/1), Bulls Head (20/1), Isaacstown Lad (25/1), Tantamount (40/1)
- Who's My Jockey
- Black Sam Bella
- Sky Pirate
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