17:30 Worcester Mon 9 July 2018
Won here over fences last term and almost certainly in need of the run after long absence when fading after running well for some way at Southwell over 3m. Drastic drop in trip is a concern though but is not out of it.
Won three on the Flat for Mark Johnston and has done really well over hurdles for current handler since turn of the year, winning last two in brave fashion. Up 6lb for hat-trick bid but another win certainly not out of the question.
Landed maiden hurdle at Plumpton in May. Fair third in Cartmel novice hurdle then got struck into last time when odds-on and only fifth. Handicap debut off feasible mark and any amrket interest would be noteworthy.
Consistent last year and went up 10lb as a result. Not so good this term and has finished last in each of his two most recent starts, although they came on heavy ground. May do better on this surface for last year's winning jockey.
Won soft ground Fonwell novce hurdle for Harry Whittington in Ocotber 2016 having previously finished a fine fourth in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Joined new yard in February and didn't shine so has had wind op. Questions to answer now.
Won Newcastle bumper in March then Sedgefield novice hurdle in May for Brian Ellison. Good runner-up for new yard at Stratford last month but has since undergone a wind op. Interesting to see how he fares and is no forlorn hope.
Stayed on grimly to score at Uttoxeter last time and 6lb penalty looks a little harsh. In form though and represents top team so looks sure to be there or thereabouts once again.
Only just lost out last time at Ffos Las over this trip and likely to remain competitive despite a 3lb rise in his mark. Still open to improvement over hurdles, but 0-21 overall career record is a worry.
Two wins to his name, both at this trip for Brian Ellison. Ran as though he needed the outing after being sidelined when shaping well for much of the trip here two weeks ago. Wears first time cheekpieeces and is one of the livelier outsiders.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Aidan Coleman|
Excellent Team (10/3), Jamacho (4/1), Aardwolf (4/1), Red Hot Chilly (6/1), Crushed (9/1), G'day Aussie (14/1), Chieftain's Choice (14/1), Nachi Falls (14/1), Affaire D'Honneur (20/1)
- G'day Aussie
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