14:55 Newbury Thu 8 November 2018
Won a couple of small field novice chase events last year and excellent effort to be second in valuable Ayr contest in April. Reverts to hurdles for seasonal reappearance, and likely this is teeing him up for another target.
Has long had a big reputation, and belatedly back to form following a long absence when scoring in a 2m5f handicap hurdle at Ayr in April. Stamina to prove at this trip, but well treated if he does stay.
Another from this yard reverting to hurdles having raced over fences last season, and feeling that trainer is keeping spring options open by doing so. Others preferred.
Disappointing on return to action at Cheltenham, but usually a reliable sort, and should strip fitter for the run. Remains on a fair mark, although best of his form in this sphere has come over shorter.
Only ninth in this last season having enjoyed a tremendous 2016/17 campaign. Back to form when third at Warwick in January, but missed Cheltenham with an injury, and may just need this after an absence.
Won BetVictor Gold Cup last year and ran well when second over same C&D at the Festival in March. Of similar merit over hurdles, but tends to show his best form at shorter trips, and not always easy to predict.
Winner of a novice hurdle at Kempton (2m5f, good) in April and creditable fourth in a 3m handicap at Aintree in May. In the frame again at Stratford last month, and ought to go well with yard in tremendous form.
Much more miss than hit over fences in the spring, but back to form when 1¾L third of 8 to Rolling Maul over hurdles at Newton Abbot last month. Not certain to build on that given past record.
Often let down by jumping last season, but got back to winning ways when landing a 3m1f handicap hurdle at Warwick in April. All out for that win, and a 6lb rise is harsh. Has had wind surgery subsequently.
Won a 2-runner novice at Fontwell in April 2017, but missing from action since later that month, and must return at the top of his game to defy current mark. Unexposed at this trip, though, and in good hands, coming here on the back of a wind op.
Won at Fakenham in December, but expensive to follow since, and not always the strongest in a finish. Perhaps he will benefit from wind surgery carried out in the summer, and still young enough to improve. Tongue tie also tried now.
Generally progressive over hurdles in the spring, and best effort when scoring on handicap debut at Ayr (3m) in April. Unexposed granted a test of stamina, and likely to do better still this season.
Has improved to win his last two starts over hurdles at Ffos Las and Market Rasen (2m4½f), the latter after a break. Still fairly treated after a 5lb rise, and he's bred to stay further so can't be ruled out.
Much improved this season, winning all three starts in handicaps, and had plenty to spare stepped up to 3m at Aintree late last month. Handicapper still playing catch-up.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore|
Ready And Able (6/4), Moon Racer (7/1), Dingo Dollar (8/1), Jersey Bean (9/1), Who's My Jockey (9/1), Ocean Cove (12/1), Wait For Me (14/1), Label Des Obeaux (22/1), Rio Quinto (25/1), Bobo Mac (33/1), Splash of Ginge (33/1), Tobefair (33/1), Clondaw Cian (33/1), Pilansberg (33/1)
- Ready And Able
- Jersey Bean
- Ocean Cove
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