16:50 Huntingdon Tue 16 October 2018
Hasn't won since January 2015 (Grade 3), and amassed a poor completion record over fences in the early part of 2018; dropped 2lb since finishing a distant fifth of six to Brave Eagle at Plumpton (2m4f+) in May; eased in grade.
Unbeaten in two starts for Stuart Edmunds; given a 7lb rise for his 1¼L C&D win earlier this month (Mamoo third); chance he's capable of landing the hat-trick provided conditions don't deteriorate too much.
Has won at this track previously, but his most recent wins have come in Shropshire at Ludlow (2m5f+ soft); current handicap mark plenty high enough and ended last season with a disappointing effort.
Badly out of sorts over fences lately (PUPP5), so reverts to hurdling with cheekpieces added to his usual tongue-tie; 4lb higher than when winning over an extended 2m4f at Southwell (good) in September 2016.
Hit a rich vein of form in mid to late 2017 (winning four on the bounce), but the handicapper eventually wrestled back control; pulled up on chasing debut here in May; wouldn't want excessive rain.
Nine-race maiden; inching up the weights after finishing runner up in each of his last two starts (including when ¾L behind Midnight Aurora); likely to race prominently, but could prove vulnerable stamina wise (if conditions deteriorate further).
Newton Abbot (3m2f+) winner in July who appeared to find this trip on the sharp side when finishing in excess of 7L third to Hepijeu over C&D 12 days ago; chance of a reversal on improved terms fairly minimal.
12-race maiden; in solid form when last seen in action at Newton Abbot (2m5f+) in June, finishing well from off the pace to get within about 2L of the winner Amour D'Or; couldn't be discounted.
Took some time to get her act together for Dan Skelton, but she's headed in the right direction now; 9lb higher than when beating Western Storm by ¾L at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August, but has posted another solid effort since; chance.
Eight-race maiden; finished over 16L fourth to subsequent winner Hepijeu at Uttoxeter (2m7f) last month; has a handy turnaround at the weights today, so fully entitled to go close to reversing that form, especially if sharper for the outing.
4-50 career; 66/1 and keeping on from off the pace (beaten in excess of 20L) on his first start since December 2017 at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) last month; progress possible, but not good enough.
Had a further 11 starts since his sole win in a 2m novices claiming hurdle (for Fergal O'Brien) at Leicester in January, including when a never competitive 12th of 15 on stable debut (2m3f+) here earlier this month.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond|
Hepijeu (9/4), Mamoo (5/1), Western Storm (11/2), Midnight Aurora (8/1), Robin Deuz Pois (8/1), Plantagenet (10/1), Perfect Poison (16/1), Mauna Kea (20/1), Galactic Power (25/1), Definitly Grey (25/1), Polarbrook (33/1), Indian Reel (33/1), Invicta Lake (40/1)
- Mauna Kea
- Midnight Aurora
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