17:05 Newton Abbot Mon 10 September 2018
Well beaten in four starts in the UK since April, including here over 2m2½f last month but recent effort in 2m Tramore handicap (off 85) when finishing third piques interest.
Modest form in maiden hurdles, handicapper took no risks with an opening mark of 100 and duly beaten 25L over C&D last month. Has to improve.
Dual winner on the AW but disappointing in five starts over hurdles including when pulled up at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) in July. Remains open to improvement.
Useful German Flat winner, has managed to get around safely in both starts over hurdles so far, including here, potential improver now starting out in handicaps.
Poor Flat maiden who has to prove stamina. Did shape marginally better last time at Fontwell and perhaps could show more now going handicapping but opposable on balance.
Has failed to make the frame in 30 previous starts under all codes. Beaten around 30L in all three starts over hurdles and of little appeal here despite reverting to handicaps.
Successful on the Flat in France back in 2017 scoring on three occasions, big step forward on previous hurdles form when 3¾L second of eight over extended two-miles at Stratford last month. Of interest now.
Relatively useful on the Flat in his younger days (six-time winner) he's yet to score over hurdles (0-13) but recent runner-up finish at Bangor (2m3½f, good) was much more likable and enters calculations now.
Held in five starts over hurdles this year including in handicap company the last three. Underwent wind surgery prior to last month's 23L defeat at Market Rasen (2m2½f, good), may do better in time.
Some winning form on the Flat but yet to really make his mark over hurdles, including when jumping poorly and coming home 53L in arrears at Worcester in June.
Only win in 27 starts came on the AW. Limited promise over hurdles previously, though Uttoxeter second (2m, good) in July would give him a shout and ran well at Lingfield on the AW nine days ago.
Unplaced in 13 starts over timber to this point, raced prominently at Fontwell (2m1½f, good) 11 days ago but unable to sustain the effort late on. Fairly limited ability and hard to put faith in.
Last Year's Winner
Rocket Ronnie (4/1), Akkapenko (5/1), Every Chance (5/1), Compatriot (6/1), Silver Sea (8/1), Diamond Reflection (8/1), Mutoondresdashorse (10/1), Pirolo (10/1), Reason To Believe (14/1), Blackadder (25/1), Hoover Fever (25/1), Rubheira (66/1)
- Rocket Ronnie
- Every Chance
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