15:20 Hexham Sat 16 June 2018
Made a winning chasing debut over C&D last month (good) when beating the modest Court Painter by 1L; didn't stay 2m6f at Uttoxeter, but faces a very tough task on these terms.
Left with very little to beat on his second chasing start at Perth last month (3m good); but jumped well in the main and got the job done. Rock-solid 142-rated hurdler who ticks all of the boxes despite dropping back in trip.
Held on gamely when downing General Mahler by 1L on chasing debut over C&D in early May, but less convincing upped to 3m at Bangor; plenty to find at the weights and a liking for the track isn't enough.
Not won since his bumper days with Gordon Elliott (July 2017) despite six attempts over hurdles. Possibility that chasing was always the plan (cost £32,000), but doesn't look anywhere near strong enough at this level on chasing debut.
Never ever competitive on stable/chasing debut a fortnight ago (3m), tongue tie removed; no chance.
Failed to complete on three of his four starts, including over 3m at Perth latest; no chance.
Had various trainers, but did manage to win over hurdles for Jonjo O'Neill in April 2017 (2m4f Market Rasen). Bought for £10,000 in November 2017, but beaten 16L on chasing debut at Carlisle in May (2m5f); more required.
Talented hurdler (140-rated), but does have a few quirks. Mixed messages over fences so far (has made his fair share of mistakes), but this is a much easier task than tackling the likes of Willoughby Court and Cyrname.
Last Year's Winner
|T: C E LongsdonJ: J Nailor|
The Unit (4/9), Jacks Last Hope (2/1), Loch Linnhe (17/2), Sigurd (12/1), Bafana Blue (14/1), Arizona Bound (25/1), Hard Knocks (50/1), Leonasisland (50/1)
- Jacks Last Hope
- The Unit
- Loch Linnhe