13:30 Exeter Wed 14 November 2018
Struggling a little for form of late after landing consecutive 2m4f handicap at Worcester in the summer. Now with a new yard off a rating he may well struggle to deal with; others make more appeal.
This is his level and he ran well when last seen over C&D in a 0-110 handicap hurdle. Now off the same mark and back from a break but he'll enjoy the ground and looks one to include in calculations.
There was some promise in his hurdling debut but that promise hasn't been prevalent in his subsequent two efforts. Well beaten last time he was seen; not totally written off going handicapping for the first time after a break.
His third to a couple of unexposed sorts would give him a chance here although he's failed to repeat that run twice subsequently. Cheekpieces used last time are now removed and his profile overall looks patchy.
Recent third looks good on paper but it came in a very weak race and might not be as worth much as it looks. Never really on terms last time although the first-time hood (retained here) helped; handicap debut.
A winner over hurdles four times last season his 4th at Kelso last time is likely to bring him on but this mark still looks a stiff one despite being dropped 2lb. Should run his race but a place is the more likely outcome.
His return to action after over a year off showed him in good health as he too back-to-back handicaps off 98 and 102. Good run of form came to a half next time out and he's not been seen since then; usually goes well fresh.
Her form at Worcester in May when 2nd in a mares' maiden doesn't look good enough to take a hand in this especially as she failed to live up to that level next time. Now goes into handicaps for the first time with a tongue-tie on.
Took an age to break his maiden but has never come close to matching that display since in three starts. Ran no sort of race last time out after a break and looks one that is better to watch than support.
Approaching the veteran stage now and hasn't really lived up to form of late although he may have needed the run last time after 5 months off. This is a fair drop in grade to what he is used to and may still play a part if back to form.
Well held on her debut for this yard at Hereford last month (may have needed the run) but there were no immediate signs of promise. Did win in Ireland for Gordon Elliott over hurdles off a similar mark but hard to work up much enthusiasm.
Had looked throughout his novice hurdles as though he would have more to offer in handicaps but so far that's not proved to be the case. Pulled up in two of his three handicap starts; yard in better form now and dangerous to dismiss off a lowly mark.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Evan WilliamsJ: Adam Wedge|
Norse Legend (9/4), Vango De Vaige (7/2), Triopas (9/2), Mogestic (13/2), Big Difference (10/1), Champagne Chaser (12/1), Tzar De L'elfe (20/1), Hurlstone Point (25/1), Midnight Midge (33/1), Invicta Lake (33/1), Ruaraidh Hugh (40/1), Pahaska (50/1)
- Vango De Vaige
- Norse Legend
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