15:30 Musselburgh Wed 7 November 2018
Knocking at the door with regularity since mid-summer, but that hasn't gone unnoticed by the assessor either; 3lb higher than when beaten a head by Mauricio at Southwell (2m, good) last month.
0-6 over hurdles; wore a tongue-tie when pulled up on handicap debut at Hexham (2m4f) in June; off since and eased 7lb in the weights.
Showed more battle when placed over fences at Perth (2m, good) in September, and is now 17lb lower in the weights than when making his handicap (hurdle) debut over C&D in February.
Rated in the low 50's on the Flat (runner up over 7f at Catterick last month); not shown any real aptitude for hurdling so far (0-3), but is worthy of market inspection on handicap debut in a weak affair.
Beaten 7L by the progressive Iolani at Sedgefield (2m1f) on his penultimate start, but a career record of 1-45 isn't the most inspiring; capable on a going day, but not always reliable.
18-race hurdles maiden; best over 7f-1m on the Flat, so that helps to explain his continued struggles over timber; can't be the solution despite the obvious paucity of talented opposition in this contest.
Last Year's Winner
Lord Fendale (2/1), Hey Bob (5/2), Vino's Choice (10/3), Rioja Day (15/2), Jackhammer (12/1), Biennial (22/1)
- Lord Fendale
- Vino's Choice
- Hey Bob
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