13:50 Worcester Mon 9 July 2018
Placed in four of his six starts under Rules and ran a decent race when runner-up in Stratford novice hunter chase last month. Handed top weight on handicap debut and first start for current yard.
Just 1-26 to date, only success coming over hurdles at Huntingdon in November 2016. Ran well when third at Market Rasen on penultimate start but poor effort last time and is inconsistent.
Handicapper is relenting but still hasn't shown enough in recent outings to suggest his winning turn is just around the corner. Interesting to see how he copes with potentially fastest ground to date.
Only win in 18 starts came at Thurles a few years back. Fair second at Market Rasen two starts ago but pulled up latest so has questions to answer and would appreciate the ground a little slower than forecast.
Stayed on gamely to score at Fontwell in October then reportedly burst blood vessel subsequent start and not seen since November. Handles quick ground and fairly weighted if fit enough on first start for over eight months.
Veteran who won at Bangor 16 months ago for previous connections and shaped well in first three starts for current yard this winter, all on soft ground. Won quick ground five years ago and not out of it back from a break.
Won here over both hurdles and fences two years ago but pulled up on last three visits to this track, including last time out. Seems to be struggling and others make much more appeal.
Ex-Irish chaser who last won at Wexford in September. Fell at Bangor last time when in touch at 6th. Not without a chance if picking his hooves up this time and should be fine on the ground.
5lb hgher than win over fences at Newton Abbot last summer. Also won a handicap hurdle at Stratford in October. Dropped 5lb following poor run at Warwick in May and runs with tongue-tie for the first time.
Winless since March 2016 and has come 40lb down the handicap since then. Clearly not the force of old and needs much more than recent efforts to get involved here.
Front-running maiden without a win in 31 starts under Rules. Went close at Fontwell in November and is 2lb lower now after two poor subsequent efforts. Not out of it off light weight but more needed.
Shown very little in eight starts under Rules and has pulled up last two outings. Races from 3lb out of the handicap and first time blinkers applied. Looks to face a very tough task.
Pulled up 2 out when well adrift latest start and looks to face a near impossible task from 22lb out of the handicap. Yet to reach a place in 12 starts under Rules.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J ScottJ: Mr Robert Hawker|
Master Sunrise (6/4), Thoonavolla (11/2), Follow The Swallow (8/1), Midnight Gem (11/1), Ballycoe (11/1), Cruising Bye (12/1), Culm Counsellor (12/1), Orchestrated (16/1), Irish Thistle (25/1), Lord Aldervale (40/1), Free Return (50/1), Massinis Adventure (66/1), Just Skittles (150/1)
- Master Sunrise
- Cruising Bye
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