19:05 Stratford Sat 9 June 2018
First start for new yard (formerly with Paul Nicholls), high class stayer on the Flat at his peak and has useful hurdles form too. Lost his way a little but no surprise if change of scenery to a yard going well works the oracle. Watch market.
Conditions look fine for him and interesting he's brought out again so quickly after running poorly earlier in the week. Previous fifth in the Swinton Hurdle good handicap form and repeat of that takes him close. Not discounted.
Had plenty of ground to make up turning for home but finished with a rattle to take third in the Swinton Hurdle (in front of All Set To Go). Harry Skelton takes over and it will be a surprise if we've seen the best of this one yet.
Fallen a long way in the handicap but just a sign that he might be on the way back at Warwick last time, not beaten that far in the end. Needs fast ground and an easy 2m to show best and loves it here (four wins). Could be his turn today.
Rattled off a hat-trick of wins last summer but has found life harder since then, pulling up on both last two starts. Might ideally want a bit further as well and others readily make more appeal.
Decent over 1m/1m2f on the Flat for Richard Fahey and came good over hurdles last time, battling on well to score at Bangor. Upped in grade here, and 8lb hike looks enough for that win, so despite ideal conditions, needs a bit more.
Seemed to show the benefit of a recent wind operation when second under a good ride (with this pilot) at Warwick last time out. Handicapped to win one and with ideal conditions tonight, should be picking some prizemoney up.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N P MulhollandJ: N D Fehily|
Ashkoul (7/4), Innocent Touch (2/1), Cause Toujours (9/2), Mystic Sky (6/1), Rossetti (15/2), All Set To Go (9/1), High Secret (28/1), Get Home Now (33/1)
- Mystic Sky
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