14:00 Hexham Mon 17 September 2018
Appeared light ability wise in bumpers and has fared no better since switched to hurdles; stablemate of Oh No, and equally challenging to build a realistic case for.
71-rated on the Flat, and a four-time winner at 1m4f-1m5f; makes his hurdling debut on ground which he'll handle.
Showed ability on the Flat for James Tate, winning a 1m4f Thirsk maiden in May 2017 (good to firm), but his form in that sphere gradually tailed off, prior to after being sold for 21,000gns; third of five in a weak Perth maiden on hurdles debut.
Three-time Flat winner (1m4f); has improved with experience over hurdles, and should be competitive in this company after his latest Cartmel (2m1f+, good to soft) third to Clemento (beaten 5L; lost a shoe).
Out of a moderate dam, but is a half-brother to the bumper/3m hurdle winner Abuzon; out-ran market expectations (100/1) when finishing third on hurdles debut at Newcastle in April (2m4f, heavy); tackles vastly different conditions underfoot today.
Never involved on debut here in May (2m4f novices) when finishing ninth of 14 to Kick On Dottie, so requires a significant step forward despite the ease in grade.
Point-to-Point winner who made a reasonable start over hurdles in 2017 with a couple of placed efforts (2m-2m4f); pulled up on handicap debut (novices) on Boxing Day 2017 and absent since; market a guide following wind surgery.
With Iain Jardine when pulled up after lacking fluency on rules debut here in May (3m maiden hurdle); with Maurice Barnes now who also saddles Barney's Caulker; tongue-tie applied.
Strong, sizeable good looking sort, but has proved disappointing so far (0-11 on the Flat; mainly AW), and impossible to consider based upon what he's shown over hurdles at Market Rasen and Sedgefield.
Held every chance when falling three out at Worcester (2m maiden, good to soft); well found in the market there (11/8f), and should be competitive based upon his German Flat form for Christian Von Der Recke.
Bought cheaply (£2,200) out of the Irish Point-to-Point scene; dam was an unraced half-sister to the 2m-2m4f hurdle and chase winner Call The Police; realistic rules starting point.
Cost €5,500 as a 3yo; progress in Point-to-Points hindered by his free-running tendencies, and a similar tale of woe when beaten miles on rules debut in an Ayr bumper (heavy); off since January.
Had any amount of chances (0-26); a regular at this track who ideally needs to learn to settle in order to progress; plenty of headgear applied today.
Irish raider; started at big prices on all three starts in maiden hurdles (2m Down Royal), and ought not to be overly competitive based upon the level of form achieved.
Placed in a couple of 3m mares maidens (Point-to-Point), but hasn't achieved that much on these shores over hurdles so far; still early days and possibly capable of better over further in time.
Last Year's Winner
Icefall (5/2), Globetrotter (7/2), Shadow Sadness (4/1), New List (5/1), Four Kingdoms (8/1), Luvly Boy Blue (10/1), Stop Talking (50/1), Likethemudda (80/1), Stormy September (100/1), Barney's Caulker (125/1), Maybe Mickey (150/1), Oh No (200/1), Taking Aim (250/1), Psychology (250/1), Beyondtheflame (300/1)
- Shadow Sadness
- Four Kingdoms
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