15:15 Huntingdon Tue 16 October 2018
Recorded a second straight hurdles win for this trainer (formerly with Dan Skelton) when making all to see off French Crusader by 3½L at Southwell in May (2m4f+ good); wind surgery has clearly suited; tougher assignment on chasing debut.
3-17 over hurdles (stays 2m4f on a flat track); form tailed off in the second half of last season, but is easing in the weights a fraction, so we'll wait and see what he's capable of over fences (debut) before judging.
His sole hurdles win came in a moderate race here (2m4f+) on Boxing Day, but was in contention when falling late in the race at Ayr (3m, good) in April; an obvious venue at which to make his chasing debut.
Runner up on both chasing starts at Southwell so far (albeit one of those races was a match); doesn't appear to be abundantly talented, but should win races eventually, and that experience is helpful.
Best effort for this trainer over hurdles came at this track in April (2m4f+) when a 9L runner up (50/1) to Jet Set; 1-4 in Irish point-to-points previously, so can be expected to win races over fences for much respected connections.
0-7 over hurdles, but solid when switched to fences by previous trainer Elizabeth Doyle, winning narrowly at Tipperary (2m4f, good) in July; reasonable opening handicap mark for debut on these shores; chance.
0-4 over hurdles, but regularly placed at a lowly level (2m4f-2m5f+); beaten just under 10L in a Newton Abbot novices hurdle last month (third), and switches to fences for the first time with Brian Hughes in the saddle.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Tim VaughanJ: T J O'Brien|
Copper West (9/4), Earlshill (10/3), Heydour (9/2), Cloth Cap (7/1), Fixed Rate (11/1), Cloone Lady (12/1), Ri An Rian (12/1)
- Ri An Rian
- Cloth Cap
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