12:50 Sandown Fri 7 December 2018
Boasts an 80% strike-rate over fences under rules, and is returning to the track for the first time since scoring with ease in a small field affair at Fontwell (2m2f, soft) in April; respected off a 7lb higher mark but faces his stiffest task yet.
Ended the previous campaign for Evan Williams on a sour note at Wetherby (1m7f, heavy) in February and has fallen 5lb in the weights accordingly; no ground concerns on debut for Alex Dunn, but probably better over further than 2m.
Found a relatively weak race when scoring in heavy ground at Market Rasen in April (2m1f) and was a shade underwhelming on his seasonal return at Newbury (2m4f, good) last month; dropped in trip and 4lb in the weights.
Has run well in each of his last three visits to Sandown, edging out Big Jim by a short-head in what was effectively a match in March (2m, soft); on the wrong end of a similar tussle at Fakenham latest and this commands more.
Without a win since December 2013 and remains a maiden over fences (0-5); that said, he's shown ability on rain-softened ground and is fully proficient at his obstacles; could be sharper for a seasonal pipe-opener over hurdles; no back-number.
Catterick hurdles winner for whom it remains early days over fences; ran his best race yet over the larger obstacles (on seasonal reappearance) at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last month; likely competitive off the same handicap mark of 117.
2-3 over fences and officially is ahead of the handicapper under a 7lb penalty for a ready 7L win at Musselburgh (2m, Class 4, good); on an upward curve, but with slight reservations as to how he'd handle worsening ground conditions (i.e. soft).
3m PTP winner who joined this trainer for £13,000 in March; 0-3 in Chepstow maiden/novice hurdles and well beaten on his rules chasing debut (33/1) at that same track last month; very unlikely on first foray outside of novice company.
Last Year's Winner
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Enola Gay (5/2), Cap St Vincent (4/1), Darebin (5/1), Red Devil Star (6/1), Vicenzo Mio (8/1), Clondaw Westie (10/1), Swift Crusador (14/1), The Boom Is Back (16/1)
- Enola Gay
- Vicenzo Mio
- Cap St Vincent
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