12:20 Haydock Wed 5 December 2018
Lightly raced, former Irish trained mare started well for this yard finishing second before running away with her first handicap when upped to 2m7½f at Uttoxeter. 7lb penalty for that but if in same vein she should defy it.
Three-time winner for Alan King has gone 12 races for this yard without success. Tailed-off until finally pulled up on recent return at Hereford and despite a now lowly mark he's of little appeal at present.
Some promise in third of four starts last term where he kept on for fifth at Chepstow beaten 12L but failed to build on that next at Exeter. Starts out in opening handicap over longest trip to date. Few miles on the clock so could improve.
Won third and final novice hurdle last season when scoring over 2m4f on heavy ground at Sedgefield. Disappointing return at Ayr (11th of 15 beaten 28L) gives him plenty to find so must improve plenty for longer trip.
5L winner of an Irish maiden point-to-point in January started with a promising second over hurdles but failed to build on it. Well beaten over fences on return before falling at the last at Ayr. Plenty to prove in first handicap here.
Good second at Perth in first handicap in August proved something of a false dawn with him unplaced in subsequent five starts over a variety of trips. Difficult to be optimistic now.
Placed a couple of times at Cartmel in May and July but soundly beaten last twice after falling at Cartmel subsequently. Ought to be competitive off this mark but appeal limited as a 20-race maiden.
Only won once since 2015, at Hexham in September 2017. Placed twice in subsequent 10 starts but failed to fire in two runs this term with a remote 11th of 13 and a pulled up. Hard to fancy.
2m7½f Uttoxeter winner in March was second next at Sedgefield albeit beaten 33L. Returns to action 9lb higher than Uttoxeter success but won off higher marks in the past so looks to have solid each-way claims here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.|
Quri (10/11), Just Bobby (7/2), Chocolat Noir (6/1), Emerald Chieftan (14/1), Ballymagroarty Boy (16/1), Paddys Runner (22/1), Turtle Cask (22/1), Agent Louise (25/1), Solway Lark (40/1)
- Ballymagroarty Boy
- Agent Louise
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