13:55 Sandown Fri 7 December 2018
127-rated hurdler who vainly chased home the 8L winner Eragon De Chanay on heavy ground (2m4f) here last month; could prove sharper for that seasonal reappearance; interesting to see how this stablemate of Turtle Wars handles the switch to fences.
Backed up his French hurdles win for Yannick Fouin with an all out success on debut for Paul Nicholls at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in March; off since, but this half-brother to Sam Winner is a noteworthy chasing debutante.
Winning Irish pointer who hasn't always appeared to have the heart for a battle since switched to David Pipe; beaten favourite when last seen in a 2m7f Bangor maiden hurdle; very risky on first rules outing over fences.
13-race maiden over fences (has won a PTP); probably has the ability to win a race eventually judged upon a couple of runner-up efforts at Taunton (2m7f) and Newbury (2m6f+), however, that's unlikely to be today on his seasonal reappearance.
Fairly well suited by these Sandown fences, twice finishing runner-up over C&D with cut underfoot, including when beaten 1¼L by Springtown Lake last month; holds every chance in an open race despite a 3lb higher mark.
Stablemate of The Bottom Bar; weakened late on when finishing fifth to Sam's Gunner in the Grade 3 novices' final here in March (2m4f, soft); off since, but remains a horse of potential now switched to a new discipline.
€110,000 3yo who made his mark over hurdles achieving a career best when beating The Mighty Don by a neck at Kempton (2m5f, good) in February; finished third (behind The Bottom Bar) in a seasonal pipe-opener over hurdles; second chasing start.
Point winner who fair bolted up in a 2m3f+ handicap hurdle at Chepstow in April, but paid the price to the handicapper for that success; out of his depth and far from proficient on recent Ascot rules chasing debut; cheekpieces applied.
Point winner who was sold for £50,000 in April 2017; lightly raced over hurdles, and although steadily progressive looks to be fairly harshly treated with an official rating of 120; can find his level over fences (debut) but this looks tough.
No match for the winner Sizing Granite at Newbury in March (2m, soft) and ended the season with a low-key performance; probably better than the bare result on his Chepstow chasing debut (2m), yet still requires plenty of further improvement.
Bounced back quickly from an unfortunate mishap on chasing debut when jumping well throughout and determinedly repelling Diplomate Sivola by ½L at Fontwell (2m5f+) latest; 13lb higher today, so that's the obvious snag.
No win since a shock 40/1 victory at Worcester (2m novices' hurdle) in November 2017 and has plenty to prove in the stamina department based upon his more recent hurdling exploits; doesn't appear anywhere near strong enough on chasing debut.
Six-race maiden who was returning from a 16-month absence when finishing a not disgraced 30L fifth of nine to Forecast at Lingfield (2m3f+ handicap hurdle) 24-days ago; faces a far tougher assignment here on chasing debut.
Stablemate of Inaminna; handled soft-ground well in a low-key novice campaign (hurdles) winning over 2m at Lingfield and 2m4f at Sedgefield; competes in a very challenging contest on her chasing and seasonal debut; unlikely.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Turtle Wars (4/1), Kings Walk (5/1), The Bottom Bar (11/2), Lithic (13/2), Glen Rocco (15/2), Early Du Lemo (12/1), Private Malone (14/1), Magoo (14/1), Oh Land Abloom (14/1), Warthog (16/1), Secret Legacy (16/1), Molly Carew (25/1), Smuggler's Blues (25/1), Inaminna (33/1), Pointed And Sharp (33/1), Triggitas (66/1)
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