19:55 Aintree Fri 15 June 2018
Made all and won unchallenged when taking the Class 3 2m4f handicap chase at Perth earlier this month for the second year in succession; races under a 7lb penalty (2lb well in), and should make a bold bid despite facing competition for the lead.
Winner of this race in 2017 from a 2lb higher mark and seems certain to hustle Indian Temple for the early lead; not in the best of form so far in 2018 but a possible threat if returning to his best.
Unable to follow up his Huntingdon win (2m+ good) under a 7lb penalty at Worcester just a few days later, but did run to form in a stronger race. No back number despite his age and another who likes to race towards the fore.
Ran out a decisive 10L winner (off a 7lb lower mark) at Ludlow (2m good) on his penultimate start and holds potential trip excuses for his most recent Uttoxeter defeat; requires a career best performance nevertheless.
Fair to say that he's a very questionable character attitude wise (travels well and fails to deliver); has the required ability but lacks the resolution, so almost always opposed.
Ageing handicapper who generally can be relied upon to run his usual solid race but hasn't won in over 12 months (from this mark); enjoys being up with the pace like so many of these runners.
A two-time hurdles winner for Oliver Greenall. In the process of running a solid race on his second start over fences when falling two out at Newcastle in November (2m good), but broke a blood vessel when well beaten at Sedgefield last month.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Jennie CandlishJ: Sean Quinlan|
Indian Temple (15/8), Champagne At Tara (11/4), Free Stone Hill (10/3), Pearls Legend (5/1), Theflyingportrait (7/1), Valseur Du Granval (7/1), Ifandbutwhynot (10/1), Un Beau Roman (20/1), Gris De Pron (40/1)
- Indian Temple
- Pearls Legend
- Free Stone Hill
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