13:45 Musselburgh Mon 3 December 2018
Runner-up on his only start in point-to-points he showed modest form over hurdles until his handicap debut; fell at the last (would have won), showing improved form. Shaped as if he needed the run last time and now returns from wind surgery.
Managed three Flat wins (won off 83) when with Andrew Balding but has shown very little over hurdles for his current yard (tried in cheekpieces/hood). 3lb lower than finishing last of 14 over C&D a year ago when he was off the bridle before halfway.
Over two years since his last win which came here over 4f further off a mark of 108 (also a C&D winner, two years before). In fair placed form over the summer but disappointed in first-time cheekpieces (removed here) last time; chance on best form.
Landed a gamble for his former yard (Gavin Cromwell) over fences last summer at Stratford; remains his only success. Form since then has been poor including twice for his current yard; hard to fashion a case for him here on recent evidence.
Capable of some useful Flat form in the past (winner on debut) but has gradually regressed in that sphere; dropped quickly in the weights. Made his handicap debut here recently having shown little over hurdles; jumped poorly and dropped 5lb.
Not disgraced on his first outing for this yard on the AW having won over 1m4f on the AW previously. Still a maiden over hurdles though and his last run in the summer over obstacles didn't really show him at his best; career-low hurdles mark now.
Career record on the Flat stands at 0-21 and it's hard to say he's much better than that over hurdles despite limited exposure in this sphere. Now in a change of headgear after being pulled up on handicap debut last time and dropped 5lb.
Given a mark for handicaps after his 4th start (beaten 50L plus two completed starts) he failed to take any advantage and was pulled up at Carlisle over 2m3f having offered little. His random mark is now reduced by a further 5lb; hard to recommend.
A five-time Flat winner he finally sprang to life over C&D when well-backed under today's rider with cheekpieces on for the first-time over hurdles (4lb out the weights). Trainer could offer no explanation for the improved form; still fairly treated.
Suffered a third consecutive fall last time out getting no further than the first for the second hurdles outing in a row. Looks set for another struggle (assuming he jumps round) from 8lb out of the handicap here.
Last Year's Winner
Spin The Coin (6/4), Rioja Day (3/1), Thepensionfund (5/1), Life Knowledge (10/1), Jackhammer (11/1), Dance Of Fire (11/1), Smart Ruler (11/1), Scripturient (16/1), Hellavashock (28/1), Painters Lad (33/1), Rapid Fritz (40/1)
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