14:35 Carlisle Mon 12 November 2018
Hardy 2m hurdler who has already made his mark over fences, winning this race by ¾L from Derintoher Yank in 2017; back from 11-months off when recovering from a mistake at the last to beat subsequent winner Vosne Romanee at Kelso (2m1f).
Top-rated (152); his best effort last season was when beaten narrowly by Theinval in the Listed Scotty Brand at Ayr (2m+, good) in April, and he perhaps found the combination of trip (2m5f) and ground (heavy) too much on his Newton Abbot return.
Made all (despite jumping right throughout) when beating Flying Tiger by 6L on chasing debut at Newton Abbot (2m) in September, but found wanting at a shade of odds-on behind the Paul Nicholls-trained Dynamite Dollars (2m1f Market Rasen) since.
Solid hurdler (148-rated) - caught close home in the Swinton Hurdle (Grade 3) at Haydock in May; no match for Claimantakinforgan in a 2m Uttoxeter Beginners' Chase ten days ago, and this looks trickier still.
Well suited by this particular track (1,1,2,2,2) in a fairly light racing career for his age; shaped encouraging on recent return to action over C&D last month when a 2+L runner up to Luckofthedraw; stiff task on unfavourable terms.
121-rated hurdler (2-6); regularly displayed a good attitude as a novice, but appears best served by a test of stamina (plenty of cut) over 2m trips; posted a modest chasing debut over C&D last month; highly unlikely given such unfavourable terms.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs A HamiltonJ: B S Hughes|
Dolos (10/11), Highway One O One (7/2), One For Billy (4/1), Chesterfield (9/2), Nuts Well (9/1), Mister Kit (25/1), Treshnish (100/1)
- One For Billy
- Nuts Well
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