14:10 Huntingdon Tue 16 October 2018
Free racer who notched a second hurdles win when spreadeagling the field over C&D 12 days ago (5/1); faces a more challenging task with extra weight on his shoulders, but the slightly easier ground isn't a concern.
70-rated on the Flat; backed up a 1m4f Kempton (AW) win when seeing off the Nicky Henderson-trained Full Bore by 1¼L on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m, good) last month; penalised accordingly.
Shown fair form over hurdles since being brought down at the first on hurdles debut at Market Rasen in March, but needs to better his latest 3¾L fourth to Sofia's Rock (2m, Worcester) in order to trouble the judge.
€42,000 3yo who perhaps didn't achieve as much as hoped in bumpers, and made a low-key hurdles debut at Towcester (2m3f, good) in May when folding tamely (fifth of six) behind Doux Pretender.
Modest on the Flat (50-rated), and best known for his exploits over sprint trips; well beaten (100/1) on hurdles debut at Bangor (2m+ maiden) in May.
Evidently not the most straightforward of horses; ran out on hurdles debut in May 2016 (for Fergal O'Brien), and not seen again until debuting for this trainer at Newton Abbot last month (second).
Has left John Butler since his last Flat start in August (79-rated on turf; 87-rated on AW); no doubting that he has the required stamina reserves for hurdling, so interesting to see how he fares on NH debut for Dan Skelton; wears a tongue-tie.
Cost £135,000 out of the Irish point-to-point scene, but folded tamely on rules debut (bumper) at Hereford in January; has left Rebecca Curtis since and looks worthy of close market inspection on hurdles bow for Nigel Twiston-Davies; now hooded.
56-rated on the Flat; sole win in a 1m2f Leicester seller (for Brian Barr); badly tailed off from the fifth hurdle when beaten miles by Totterdown on hurdles bow over C&D 12 days ago.
8L winner on debut at Warwick in April 2017 (bumper), but hasn't progressed over hurdles; twice a beaten favourite over C&D (burst a blood vessel in March); makes his seasonal reappearance following summer wind surgery; market helpful.
47-rated on the Flat; sole win in 14 starts over 1m6f at Nottingham in July (good to firm); shouldn't be strong enough in this company on hurdles debut (and more interesting in handicaps further down the line).
60-rated on the Flat (AW); keen and weakened rapidly over 1m4f on Polytrack at Kempton a fortnight ago (finished last of 11); clearly not the solution on hurdles debut.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N B KingJ: T E Whelan|
Totterdown (11/8), Nylon Speed (9/4), Denmead (4/1), World Premier (10/1), Locker Room Talk (16/1), Bard Of Brittany (25/1), Barley Hill (33/1), Buachaill Beag (50/1), Artic Nel (66/1), Avocet (100/1), Bonjour Steve (200/1), Mulsanne Chase (250/1)
- World Premier
- Nylon Speed
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