14:45 Hereford Mon 19 November 2018
Useful hurdler whose wins have all been on soft ground. Lost his way a bit since last success in January 2017, but faced some stiff tasks. Drops in grade here and that should see him get much more competitive.
Turned a promising debut over hurdles into an easy win on his second attempt, that coming in a Plumpton maiden (good) recently. Handicapper looks to have taken a dim view of that, but unexposed and clearly not one to rule out.
Has shown promise a couple of times over hurdles, including when falling heavily on his stable debut in April. On a fair mark for this handicap intro. Market check.
Posted a couple of promising efforts over hurdles on soft last winter, but last on his handicap debut in March. Since had wind surgery and dropped 5lb. Bit to prove.
Showed improved form when winning a 0-120 mares' handicap hurdle over C&D (good to firm) last time, for which she has gone up just 1lb. This is tougher, but she is entitled to consideration.
Dual winner over over 2m3½f, including on good. 6lb higher than the more recent of those in January. Beaten just 1¾L over C&D from this mark on recent reappearance. Can go close.
Best form so far has been on soft/heavy ground. Well held on his return in a decent maiden hurdle at Cheltenham. Returns to handicapping 7lb lower than previous try, with new headgear on. Should be much more competitive.
Won a Wetherby juvenile hurdle (2m, good) last year and was placed in Listed company next time. Yet to get competitive in handicaps, but a 5lb drop and a 10lb claimer up could rewrite that stat here.
Won over hurdles in France (soft). Well held in all three starts for this trainer. Drops 5lb here with cheepieces now fitted, but others make more appeal.
Exposed handicapper who is 1-19 over hurdles. Not ruled out of the frame is back to some of his from from the summer, but below that level in recent starts.
Sole win came on good ground at Ludlow (2m) last year, but has lost his way since. Can only watch.
Last Year's Winner
William H Bonney (11/8), Cougar Kid (7/2), Zoffany Bay (6/1), Admiral's Sunset (10/1), Mon Eldorado (14/1), American Craftsman (16/1), Falcon Sun (16/1), Nabhan (16/1), Hazamar (20/1), Lord Marmaduke (25/1), Ex S'elance (40/1)
- William H Bonney
- Cougar Kid
- Mon Eldorado
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