20:35 Southwell Wed 23 May 2018
Faller in a point-to-point and then only modest form in two starts under Rules. Not seen out for almost two years and looks an unlikely winner.
Perfectly solid debut when second at Taunton in April (sent off a short-priced favourite) and will improve for that. £100,000 purchase back in 2016 and may start repaying some of that back here.
Related to a few Flat winners, a couple of whom were stayers, and might not find this enough of a test on debut. Yard 0-8 in bumpers here last five seasons, and others preferred.
Half-brother to useful pair of chasers Easter Legend and Easter Meteor, which suggests we won't see the best of him for a while, but should have a bit of speed. Yard 0-5 in bumpers here last five seasons and in no great form either.
Winners on the dam's side (mainly in France) and this test should be fine for debut. Yard 1-7 in bumpers here last five seasons and like to land the odd gamble in these events, so watch market for a clue.
Has performed with credit on both starts and only beaten a length at Market Rasen latest, however front five finished in a heap and form may not be strong. Needs more here.
Represents powerful connections, bought for E100,000 at sales last year and is a half-brother to useful sorts on the Flat in France. Yard have a 41% strike rate here in these events last five seasons, and he has to be taken very seriously here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Palixandre (13/8), Newtown Boy (2/1), Rusty Fox (3/1), Genius (8/1), Easter Eric (16/1), Muftakker (33/1), Deliveringpromises (66/1)
- Newtown Boy
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