14:45 Ayr Wed 14 November 2018
Dual 2m4f winner at Sedgefield over hurdles last season, both on soft ground. Handicapper seemed to have his measure more recently so now goes over fences for first time which as a winning point-to-pointer should cause no issues.
Course winner over hurdles has made a good start to his chasing career with a win and two seconds so far, the latest coming in a similar contest over C&D. Same mark here so has to be considered a likely sort.
Placed point-to-pointer won once in five hurdle starts (2m4f Sedgefield). Shade disappointing subsequently but bred to be best over fences so no surprise if he makes his presence felt on chase debut.
Most impressive on chase bow at Hexham (2m4f) last month where she jumped smoothly and powered clear by 5L despite hanging right. Raised 8lb for that success but looked a chaser worth staying on the right side of there so leading claims here.
Dual hurdle winner was last on chase bow and unseated the next twice before at least getting round latest when third over C&D. Each-way possibilities but jumping makes him a risky proposition.
Newcastle hurdle winner on final start of last season but fell at the last when already well beaten on reappearance chase debut at Perth. Hopefully no ill effects from that mentally but others appeal more.
Lone chase run came when trained in France (fifth of six) but won three times over hurdles last season for this yard so almost certainly improved since. Continued ascent all season so should be capable of going well if jumping soundly.
Close third here last term remains a best effort to date over fences. Changed hands over the summer and reappeared with a fair C&D fourth but not for the first time jumping errors held him back and that remains a concern.
None from seven over fences although three times placed but showed no signs he is getting any nearer when tailed off on recent return here over 3m which is a trip he does stay. Leap of faith now required.
Last Year's Winner
|Lough Derg Jewel||6||11-8||13/2|
|T: D McCain JnrJ: B S Hughes|
Trongate (9/4), Sophie Olivia (4/1), Asum (6/1), Strong Economy (13/2), Henry's Joy (7/1), Imada (7/1), Lord County (8/1), Quick Pick (9/1), Lovely Schtuff (16/1), Chasseur De Tete (25/1), Imperial Prince (33/1)
- Sophie Olivia
- Henry's Joy
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