16:15 Warwick Wed 23 May 2018
Could hardly stop winning when first seen over fences but has found life a little tougher since then (had some stiff tests). His last three starts have all come in Grade 1 company; will appreciate this ease back into handicaps off a career-best run.
All his chase runs have come in small fields but he has won twice and is unbeaten over C&D (2/2). Jumped and travelled well here last time to land a career-best and looks capable of going further; up 6lb from his last win which looks fair.
Hard to fault his strike-rate over fences (4/8) but he has hit some rocky patches in the chasing road having failed to complete in three of his last four starts. Ran poorly when pulled-up last time (jumped poorly) and will find this quite a test.
Only small but has taken to fences really well going with great enthusiasm and jumping well on both his starts cruising home both times. Given a tasty 11lb rise for his last 18L win he needs to take his form to another level here; progressive sort.
Useful sort on the Flat and over hurdles who will have to prove himself at this level over fences despite making a good start to his career in this discipline. Runs from 4lb out of the weights though after an absence and would be a surprise winner.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Ozzie The Oscar (7/4), San Benedeto (2/1), Capitoul (7/2), Kapstadt (12/1), Work In Progress (12/1)
- San Benedeto
- Ozzie The Oscar
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