19:20 Aintree Fri 15 June 2018
Useful 2m novice hurdler for previous trainer Nicky Henderson (hence the elevated handicap mark), but didn't take to chasing in the summer of 2016 and hasn't been seen competitively since. Stable debut.
Filly with hurdles experience from her days in France with G.Macaire; a winner on her second start at Bordeaux Le Bouscat in May 2017 (2m+ soft); no chances taken by the assessor on UK/stable debut; ground versatility untested.
Bolted up in a 2m Kempton novices hurdle (30/100f) last month on debut for Ian Williams following wind surgery. Possibility of more to offer now sent handicapping (unexposed) fitted with a first time hood.
Won just once in eight starts over hurdles (2m Ludlow, good) but has kept decent company over timber more latterly; seemingly out of his depth. His current mark looks stiff enough.
Group 3 German Flat winner (1m+) who made a winning start over hurdles for this trainer at Plumpton in November (2m good); not so strong since, but has undergone wind surgery and off for six months; market a guide on handicap bow.
Back over hurdles after a long win-less spell over fences; the vast majority of his English starts (13 of 14) have come over the larger obstacles, so little to lose by giving hurdling another try (1 from 5).
Bought for £24,000 in May 2017 after winning a Ballinrobe maiden hurdle by 4L for Ellmarie Holden; no show in two hurdles starts for this trainer, the most recent of which (Kelso) came after wind surgery.
Back to winning ways with an all-out victory over 2m1f at Newton Abbot last month; up 3lb in a similar Class 3 contest with conditions to suit.
Last Year's Winner
|Mad Jack Mytton||7||11-12||7/2|
|T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Aidan Coleman|
Cause Toujours (1/1), Melody Of Scotland (7/2), Parthenius (9/2), Mick Thonic (10/1), Global Thrill (12/1), Phoenix Dawn (20/1), Coolmeen Hill (28/1), One For The Guv'nr (33/1)
- Cause Toujours
- Melody Of Scotland
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