19:15 Kempton Fri 7 December 2018
Fair midfield start over 6f here where he finished midfield but lesser effort latest over extended 1m at Lingfield where he was tailed off and 12th of 13. Hard to recommend on the back of that.
Nicely bred but beaten 35L and 30L in two starts for Sir Michael Stoute in May and June. Given new connections and starting point he could very easily be using this as a pipe-opener for a hurdles campaign.
Only placed once in his nine starts and that a remote third here over 1m3f three starts back. Surely better suited by handicap and hard to recommend here even in first-time blinkers.
Newcomer by Helmet out of a 1m½f winner on this surface went unsold as a yearling. Not a pedigree to get overly excited about so best watched unless market says otherwise.
Outran 66/1 odds when second of seven in 1m Chelmsford debut in October where he overcame a bad start. Runners from this yard tend to need first race so such an effort bodes well and he has sound claims here.
Tailed off in bumpers at Stratford and Worcester and 6f race here latest saw her a distant 11th of 12. Another new test here but very hard to fancy.
Newcomer by Sea The Stars cost 98,000gns as a yearling. Dam a 1m½f winner and Listed placed from the family of Group One winner Maids Causeway. Very appealing pedigree and looks the most likely of the newcomers.
Poor draw again after being carried very wide here latest when 12th of 14 over C&D. Tailed off in only previous start and looks one for another day.
Newcomer by Teofilo is a half-sister to three winners including hurdle scorer Berland. Yard not known for debut success so likelihood is he improves on whatever is achieved here.
Retained by vendor for just 800gns as a daughter of Rip Van Winkle and half-sister to a 7f-1m AW winner. Unlikely to be ready to do herself justice first time up.
Out of a close relative of champion miler and top sire Kingman but is not in that league although two seconds at Lingfield and Wolverhampton so far represent the best form on offer. Everything points to her taking all the beating here.
Three times placed including latest at Wolverhampton where he was second albeit beaten 10L. Certainly has some of the best form on offer but is one of the more exposed so again a place a likely result.
Leroidesanimaux newcomer is a half-sister to a 6f-7f winner and a bumper and hurdles scorer. Not one of the more likely sorts on debut based on yard record and hood rarely a positive first time.
Last Year's Winner
Panmolle (8/13), Yimou (7/2), Simple Thought (6/1), Astonished (9/1), Tofan (20/1), Cape Cyclone (25/1), Serjeant Painter (40/1), Drifting Star (50/1), Falls Creek (66/1), Gladden (66/1), Tappity Tap (80/1), Irving's Girl (80/1), Kavass (100/1), Suttonwood Sally (100/1)
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