14:55 Stratford Tue 19 June 2018
Hasn't been shaping like his turn is near on recent outings. Can get outpaced so interesting that this is the longest trip he has tackled for a couple of years. Others have stronger claims in this.
Won a handicap in first-time blinkers back in September off a 3lb lower mark. Struggled in three starts since though and has been given a four month break to freshen up. Blinkers left off here and hard to be confident of a better showing.
Fair performer on his day and had dropped to a career low mark when winning well at Fontwell (2m5½f, good) two weeks ago. Only nudged up 4lbs for that and is still on a very good mark based on his old form and likely to go very close again.
Was having his first run for seven months when beaten a very long way at Uttoxeter last time. He has dropped to a very dangerous mark now and Aidan Coleman takes over for the first time in a year. Blinkers go back on and market support significant.
Last wins came in Tramore chase in October 2016. Was sent off favourite at Exeter last time when fading late on. Down 1lb in a lower grade and rider claims a handy 5lbs but needs to do more for win purposes.
No win since July 2015, when trained in Ireland, and has looked no closer to getting back to winning ways on his last couple of starts. Starting to look dangerously well handicapped but others are preferred all the same.
Front runner when trained by Martin Keighley. Has been disappointing in hunter chases of late and is probably up against it against today's rivals despite his much reduced mark in this sphere.
Won off a 3lb lower mark at Plumpton (3m1½f, good) last September. Returned from a break with a spin over hurdles last time and is respected back over fences here with a positive jockey booking. Market check needed.
Cheekpieces prompted a bounce back to form at Worcester (3m1f, good) last week. he's well handicapped on his old form so has sound claims of going well again but he is far from certain to back that effort up all the same.
Tends to need a bit further than this to be at his best. Well beaten at Fontwell (2m5½f, good) two weeks ago. Well handicapped on his old form but may find this all happening a bit too quick once more.
Two starts over fences have ended in a fall and an unseat. Didn't get further than the first fence when sent off favourite at Cartmel three weeks ago. On a good mark based on hurdles form but needs to jump better for yard that won this last year.
Very lightly raced over the last few years but ran best race for a long time when second at Bangor (3m, good) off a 2lb lower mark. Not guaranteed to back that effort up again but this previous C&D winner is respected all the same.
Last Year's Winner
|Play The Ace||8||11-4||11/2|
|T: P BowenJ: Sean Bowen|
Border Breaker (3/1), I See You Well (9/2), Lip Service (5/1), Sam Noir (5/1), Fear Glic (13/2), What A Laugh (8/1), Adam du Breteau (8/1), Workbench (10/1), Doitforjoe (11/1), Ravished (20/1), Cernunnos (22/1), No Buts (25/1), Johnny Og (66/1)
- Adam du Breteau
- I See You Well
- Sam Noir
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