15:35 Wincanton Sat 10 November 2018
Won this race last year when holding on gamely off a 2lb lower mark. Not so goo don the back of that and had a prep run last year too. Not on a bad mark ll the same and sure to give it another bold attempt at a repeat success.
Dual 2m7½f winner at Chepstow last season, both on heavy going. Closed season with a 15½L ninth to Traffic Fluide on possibly unsuitable good ground. Not well enough handicapped to take a chance on this ground.
Useful handicap hurdler who made a successful transition to fences when winning at Warwick back in May 2017. Off since so clearly had problems but this could turn out to be a dangerous mark if he is fit and raring to go off such a long absence.
Moving into the veterans stage of his career now but has returned in fine form. Won a veterans handicap at Chepstow before getting outpaced at Ascot last weekend. Has won here in the past and could bustle up a few of his younger rivals here.
Blew away the cobwebs this autumn with a couple of spins over hurdles before an emphatic success back over fences at Worcester last month. Hot with a 10lb rise for that and race fell apart a little. This is much tougher but remains with potential.
Made all the running here over 3m2½f (firm) to win two weeks ago. Only nudged up 2lbs for that but this is a much deeper contest and should face competition for the lead which makes life much tougher. Should appreciate any rain that falls.
Return of the cheekpieces meant he bounced back to form at Ludlow last time when only held Belmount who ran a cracker off a higher mark at Exeter this week. Nudged up 3lb for not winning but a similar effort would put him there or thereabouts.
In rude health having won his first two starts this term he ran another absolute cracker at Exeter on Tuesday. Races off the same mark here and has every right to be competitive again if this doesn't come too soon.
Won a novice hurdle last November but all chase starts since have been a major worry. Returns here off a seven-month break having had a wind operation but needs to show a lot more despite fairly attractive mark.
Likes quick ground so won't want much rain. Held off this mark by Bigbadjohn when they clashed here two weeks ago. Held by that rival on these terms once again and needs to up his game in a deeper race.
Can be a little in-and-out but bounced back to form over this C&D when winning a handicap three weeks ago. Nudged up 4lb for that win in a deeper race and likely to face competition for the lead.
Was in good form in the summer winning at Worcester from 7lb lower and following that up with a sound effort at Stratford. Another one that likes to lead and very much in at the deep end in this company.
Won a two-runner contest at Newton Abbot before being held in a four-runner event at Hereford last time. Jumped left there which is a slight worry around here and this is a much deeper contest than those she has been contesting.
Looked well ahead of his reappearance here when finishing behind Aunty Ann three weeks ago. He just got caught out of his ground as they quickened there and he was possibly unlucky. Should strip fitter here and must have a cracking chance.
Looked in need of the run on return to action at Southwell last month but came on plenty for that when wining bravely at Wetherby last week. Goes back up 7lb in the weights and in a much tougher race but claims if in the same mood.
Won on his first two starts over fences but had struggled in two starts this year prior to a fortunate success at Cheltenham two weeks ago when the leader ran out on the run-in. That was still a sound effort and only 4lb higher here so place claims.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost|
Present Man (5/1), El Bandit (5/1), Bigbadjohn (7/1), Ramses De Teillee (8/1), Captain Buck's (9/1), Sumkindofking (10/1), Kings Lad (12/1), Sam Red (14/1), Fingerontheswitch (16/1), Aunty Ann (16/1), Allelu Alleluia (16/1), Forever Field (25/1), Belmount (25/1), On Demand (33/1), Dancing Shadow (33/1), Bestwork (40/1)
- Captain Buck's
- Present Man
- Allelu Alleluia
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