13:40 Bangor Sat 19 May 2018
Five-time winner on the Flat at modest levels, reaching a peak rating of 70 in 62-race career. Likely best watched now going jumping for the first time.
Just the one win on the Flat but maintained a rating in the mid-80s. First start for new handler and heads off jumping, worth noting in the betting.
Improved showing over hurdles last month at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) under this rider for the first time, going down less than 2L in second spot. Enters calculations here with repeat run.
Six-year-old has only just got to make racecourse bow recently, not shown enough in two starts to merit confidence here. Plenty more needed, perhaps in handicaps.
Showed some promise in two bumpers (including here) late last year for Sam Thomas, has switched stables and make hurdles bow here. Could be of interest.
In the mix in all three starts so far over timber and was a useful sort on the Flat (rated 92), blinkers are added now and has the form to make a bid for this prize.
Down the field last week at Wincanton on hurdles bow, having been away slowly and never really shaped with any promise. Watching brief for now.
Peak rating of 93 on the Flat and going right way in five starts over timber. Finished second (beaten 6L) at Market Rasen (2m½f, good) last week. Should be in the mix again under the champion jockey.
Best effort so far over hurdles when fourth at Ludlow (2m, soft) in March, though didn't repeat the trick since at Huntingdon, and so remains hard to put faith in.
Not the most straightforward on the Flat, showed something to build on in Warwick juvenile affair in February on hurdles debut. Should have more to come in time though may be playing for places at best here.
Flat maiden, pulled up at Hereford in January in sole try over timber. Watching brief advised now.
Has shown bits of promise in bumpers for Willie Mullins previously, interesting now making first start over timber for this yard. Betting check certainly needed.
Midnight Legend mare is a half-sister to five winners, including useful chaser Bekkensfirth and Nemenchka. Interesting on debut, though perhaps noteworthy that Harry Skelton looks elsewhere.
Showed a little bit more on second hurdles start at Worcester last week, though that was over 2m4f, up from 2m. Still didn't do enough to warrant supporting here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Aardwolf (5/2), Swashbuckle (5/2), Fort Jefferson (11/2), Fleeting Visit (6/1), Golden Friday (12/1), Midnight Aurora (14/1), Eolian (22/1), Crumpledandcreased (25/1), Katebird (40/1), General Picton (50/1), D'waterside (66/1), Percy Thrower (66/1), Bonjour Steve (100/1), Wimpole (125/1)
- Fort Jefferson
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