Friday 9 November 2018
Weatherbys Racing Bank Foreign Exchange Novices' Handicap Chase
Class 4 | 3m 41y | Good | 10 Runners | Turf
Off time: 14:10 | Winning time: 6m 17.5s
Mare who has enjoyed a real mixed bag of racing of late (chasing, hurdling, and most latterly on the Flat); best with some cut; given a thoughtful introduction to fencing when vainly chasing home Rebel Yeats here (2m4f) in October.
Improved performer since switched to fences, running some creditable races and steadily climbing the weights in due process; beaten just shy of 4L by Jassas in a similar contest at Uttoxeter in June (2m4f, good).
Unexposed 7yo who tackles the larger obstacles for the first time after a string of second placed efforts over hurdles; stamina is seemingly his forte, as noted staying on bravely to get within a neck of Chicoria at Kelso in April (2m6f, heavy).
Irish point-to-point winner who scored on his hurdles debut in a maiden here (2m4f) in May; switches to fences after a couple of reasonable hurdle runs this season - namely when bustling up 1/4f Gettysburg Address in September.
Made a winning handicap debut (for James Ewart) at Carlisle in October 2017 over 2m3f+ (suited by the stamina test provided); struggled to replicate that form thereafter once upped in trip; remains in the same ownership for the switch to fences.
Little Bruce became Big Bruce from Christmas onward in 2016 rattling off a trio of hurdle wins (2m3f-2m5f), climbing the weights accordingly; found life tough last season (just one win), but shaped okay on chasing debut over 2m4f here in May.
Sold by Oliver Sherwood for £11,000 in August 2017, he showed initial promise over hurdles for current connections before training off for the season; type to do much better for the switch to fences and with the benefit of a recent hurdles outing.
Made all when a 1¾L winner over C&D in June (good), but hasn't managed to repeat that trick since and looks to be vulnerable in this more competitive race. That said, he evidently enjoys Hexham (2-5) and has suitable ground conditions.
Maiden pointer (0-5) who hasn't appeared to be any great shakes over hurdles (2m-2m5f) either thus far; needs to scale far greater heights for the switch to rules fencing; highly unlikely.
100-rated over hurdles and broadly reliable despite winning just once in 12 starts for Micky Hammond (3m Perth, good); had just the single start over the past 18 months, so has some well-being concerns; 1-2 in Irish PTP's in 2015/16.
Militarian (9/2), Little Bruce (5/1), Le Drapeau (5/1), Geronimo (6/1), River Icon (6/1), Durbanville (10/1), Cash To Ash (12/1), Classical Milano (12/1), Late Date (12/1), Talkofgold (40/1)
- River Icon
- Le Drapeau