15:00 Cheltenham Sat 17 November 2018
- Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1)
- 2m 7f 208y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Versatile and likable eight-time winner hasn't raced over hurdles since winning in July at Uttoxeter (four runs since). Similar marks beyond him in the past and looks high enough here.
Lightly raced but in good form last Winter winning twice in last three including here when last seen on heavy ground. Raised 13lb for that improved effort now so task gets tougher but potential if picking up where he left off.
Raced just twice since 2016, a pulled-up last term and a 10th of 20 here last month. Open to improvement now if he can stay fit but has to be considered a risky proposition.
Missed 596 days after winning a Sandown handicap to end 2016-17 campaign and therefore little surprise he needed the run when 11th here last month. Entitled to come on plenty for that but will need to do.
Won two and placed in other four of six starts in novice company and handled step up in trip last twice with a win over 2m4½f at Ayr most recently. Starts out new campaign with another step up in trip for handicap debut, chance if he stays.
Won once as a novice last term but took form to new level first time out this season when getting up on the line to score over 2m5f here. Upped 5lb but this trip looks likely to be ideal so could stay ahead of the handicapper.
Looked a horse going places when bolting up at Chepstow (2m) and here (2m5f) last season but unable to build on that. Beaten a long way in last two on flat and back over hurdles so questions to answer now.
Not won since 2016 success in this race but second in it once again last year. Two midfield efforts this season so far shown enough to give him possibilities once again although ground may prove quick enough.
Only 1lb higher than last win in 2017 and signs of life latest which was his fourth start of the campaign when sixth of 16 at Aintree. More needed and can play up at the start. First-time blinkers today.
Three-time 3m winner in Ireland including last two starts at Clonmel and Galway. Won easily by 9L last time so 8lb rise not enough to rule him out although suggest this is a good bit tougher.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N J HendersonJ: James Bowen|
First Assignment (6/4), Sweet Home Chicago (7/1), The Eaglehaslanded (7/1), Weebill (9/1), Anteros (9/1), Boyhood (10/1), Buckle Street (10/1), Vieux Lion Rouge (12/1), Master Dancer (16/1), Goodbye Dancer (25/1), Dell' Arca (33/1)
- First Assignment
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