16:20 Huntingdon Tue 16 October 2018
Still a maiden under rules (0-15), but stays well and has produced some creditable efforts over hurdles (mainly for Philip Hobbs); 0-2 over fences under rules, finished 11L third to Mercers Court (3m2f) at Fontwell in August.
Runner up at odds of 50/1 on his second chasing start at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August (beaten 11L), but hasn't appeared to be the most resolute of characters since, including when placed in a selling hurdle latest.
Hasn't won since December 2016 (2m3f, good), so has slipped right back down the weights to what in theory is an attractive mark; not in great shape over the summer months and wouldn't want any more rain; risky.
Won just once in 17 starts over fences (3m at Wetherby in November 2017); easing in the weights, and has had wind surgery since competing at Bangor in June, so are both possible reasons for any forthcoming improvement; wears a range of headgear.
Lost his way completely since winning at Cheltenham (3m1f) in October 2016, and produced another laboured effort when switched to hurdles at Worcester last week; cheekpieces now applied.
It took the guile of Richard Johnson in the saddle to break the duck at the 21st attempt at Towcester (3m) last October, but he followed up for this rider at Taunton a few weeks later (made all); much more uninspiring of late.
1-30 (0-12 over fences); 9lb lower than when finishing just over 6L third to Orchestrated at Worcester (2m7f, good) in July, but lost all enthusiasm with Charlie Longsdon thereafter, so badly needs this change of scenery to work.
Worcester hurdles winner (2m7f) in September 2017; has achieved little of note in seven starts over fences, but has dropped 9lb in the weights since introduced to handicap company in August.
A ground versatile four-time winner over fences; nowhere near his best in the first half of 2018, weakening tamely (after leading) in a 3m1f hurdle here in May; fresh from a summer break, but still 2lb above his last winning mark.
Veteran; nine-time winner in 96 starts; very game 9L winner of this race in 2017 (25/1); struggling badly of late and not the force of old hence the rapid slide in the weights.
12-race maiden (0-9 over fences); regularly ridden by this 7lb claimer, but difficult to consider on disadvantageous terms from out of the weights.
Stablemate of Desert Retreat; 1-17 under rules and off the track since April 2017 (536 days); cheekpieces applied; unlikely candidate from out of the weights at the ripe old age of 13.
Last Year's Winner
Copperfacejack (7/2), Whin Park (11/2), Golden Investment (6/1), Midnight Gem (8/1), Mister Mister (8/1), Desert Retreat (8/1), Troika Steppes (10/1), Foundation Man (11/1), Rogue Dancer (12/1), That's The Deal (12/1), Hoke Colburn (14/1), Some Finish (25/1), Onurbike (25/1)
- Golden Investment
- Whin Park
- Desert Retreat
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