15:00 Haydock Wed 5 December 2018
Had been knocking on the door over fences until getting off the mark at Hexham (2m4f) penultimately. Shade disappointing next over Carlisle but 3m2f and heavy ground looked too far. This trip more suitable and back on Hexham mark so respected.
Four-time placed hurdler made a pleasing start over fences at Exeter when fifth of 11 in a novice chase against superior hurdlers. Suspect will be better chaser than hurdler and has leading claims if that indeed proves the case.
Won first two chases at Ayr on heavy ground before finishing second in a handicap here over 2m4½f. Disappointing in final start but still relatively unexposed over fences so potential here if fully wound up on return.
Potential off this mark on the pick of his 2017 form but less impressive this year and comes here on the back of 35L and 63L defeats the last twice. Risky proposition now.
Consistent sort has been in good order since joining this yard, winning two of his four starts. Only beaten a neck on reappearance at Bangor last month. 6lb rise for that run gives him a career high mark but not ruled out.
Pulled-up in final start last term and again in first two starts this season. Finally completed a race latest but was still tailed off and last. Not sure what has gone amiss because he'd been running well earlier last season but hard to fancy now.
Winning hurdler bred for fences and made a winning start over them winning at Sedgefield by 18L (horse in second fell at the last). Staying on third next at Wetherby over 2m3½f suggested he will relish this longer trip; leading claims here.
Last Year's Winner
Absolutely Dylan (5/2), Voie Dans Voie (5/2), Bigirononhiship (4/1), Hills Of Dubai (6/1), Steps And Stairs (6/1), Masterplan (20/1), Strongly Suggested (40/1)
- Absolutely Dylan
- Voie Dans Voie
- Steps And Stairs
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