13:40 Sedgefield Thu 8 November 2018
- Always Value On Racing With blacktype.bet Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4)
- 3m 2f 59y, Good (Good to Soft in places on the back straight)
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Put in some respectable efforts over hurdles this year, when looking as though the step up to further would suit. A good chase debut over this trip would not surprise.
Was single-figure odds for all four of his chases earlier in the year, the best of those being on debut. 7lb drop for this reappearance, plus the step up in trip and addition of a tongue tie, could all help him produce a much better effort.
Placed in five of his eight chases. 2lb higher than when going very close at Stratford in September. Not sure he is crying out for this longer trip, but can't rule him out.
Has made the frame in 10-22 chases, without winning one. 7¼L third from this mark at Southwell last time (3m, good). Stays 3m1½f and has each-way claims.
Best chase effort would give him very strong claims from this mark, but has been unable to get close to that form since. Cheekpieces now added to tongue strap (visor appeared ineffective earlier). Not written off, but a bit to prove.
Has improved with each start for this trainer, going close at Southwell (3m, good) last time. 4lb rise for that suggests he will need a career-best to follow up, but can't rule that out.
Last Year's Winner
The Ogle Gogle Man (2/1), Kovera (9/4), Torhousemuir (4/1), Graystown (13/2), Shaiyzar (12/1), Spinning Scooter (16/1)
- The Ogle Gogle Man
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