13:15 Musselburgh Wed 7 November 2018
Always struggling from an early stage on debut (66/1) at Wetherby (2m, good) last month, so very difficult to envisage that he'll be anymore competitive at this much sharper track.
Irish import who is yet to show any real promise for Iain Jardine; 50/1 when a well beaten sixth of eight on sole hurdles start at Perth (2m, good) in September, and looks safely held on that form by both Good Boy Alfie and Glenpark.
Two-time Flat winner (7f-1m1f); hasn't exactly made giant strides over hurdles so far, and it's debatable as to whether or not he really stays 2m, but has the measure of both Glenpark and Frame Rate on Perth form; stablemate of Valkenburg.
Bought for 70,000gns in July 2018 (ex Joseph O'Brien-trained), but hasn't really kicked on in four starts for this trainer (has run twice over hurdles); blinkers are now applied; trainer is also represented by Thunderhooves.
Made all of the running, staying on strongly when springing a 28/1 surprise on the Flat at Catterick (1m4f, good to firm) last month; has run reasonably since, and now switches to hurdling at a track which should suit; stablemate of Good Boy Alfie.
Took advantage of an ease in the weights to score over 1m2f on the Flat at Ayr (soft) in September, but beaten off her revised mark since; makes her hurdling debut at a sharp track, albeit with stamina flaws still a possible concern.
Last Year's Winner
Good Boy Alfie (5/4), Needs To Be Seen (7/2), Sarvi (7/2), Glenpark (4/1), Valkenburg (9/2), Frame Rate (28/1), Thunderhooves (33/1), Environment Ally (150/1)
- Good Boy Alfie
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