14:25 Sandown Fri 7 December 2018
Chepstow bumper winner who finished down the field (50/1) behind Lalor at Aintree in April 2017; missed all of last season, only returning with a fair sixth in a Uttoxeter maiden (2m4f) three-weeks ago; unrealistic assignment.
Dual Flat winner (1m-1m2f) for the late Alan Swinbank in 2016; fallen down the weights in that discipline and a poor 0-2 over hurdles; no conceivable chance in this company.
17L winner of a Fontwell maiden (2m3f+, good to firm) in October and emerged with credit despite being beaten just shy of 8L (fourth) in a Grade 2 novices' at Cheltenham latest; prowess under softer conditions the unknown factor.
£80,000 purchase in March 2018 (winner of a 3m Cragmore maiden PTP); made a winning rules debut when powering through testing conditions to score by 7L from hotpot Mercy Mercy Me at Lingfield (2m3f+) 24-days ago; of interest upped in grade.
Course bumper winner on debut in November 2017 and acquitted himself well at the top-table at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals thereafter; turned over by today's rival Down The Highway (beaten 7L) on hurdles debut at Lingfield 24-days ago.
Without a win in six starts over hurdles and fences in France (for Francois Nicolle), but demonstrated a solid level of form and is reportedly well-regarded at Ditcheat; in deep post wind surgery (also wears a tongue-tie) on GB/stable bow.
9L winner of a 3m Ballysteen maiden on his sole start in PTP's prior to being sold for €180,000; off to the perfect start under rules when winning at Aintree (2m4f, good) last month and takes the next step up the hurdling ladder today.
Bought for £40,000 in May (Cheltenham); 2-7 in Irish PTP's for James Joseph Mangan; not strong enough behind the promising Imperial Aura on rules debut at Carlisle, but an all the way winner of a lesser contest at Bangor (2m7f) since.
Half-brother to the bumper/2m5f hurdle winner Western Cape; made a winning rules/stable debut when bravely fending off the Anthony Honeyball-trained Acey Milan in a Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, heavy); further progress almost guaranteed.
Her trainer has a strong record in this race and this unbeaten mare (cost £65,000) receives a handy weight allowance from her male counterparts; far better than Everlanes in a mares' novice at Exeter (2m2f, good) last month; much tougher task.
Last Year's Winner
|On The Blind Side||5||11-5||6/5|
|T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville|
Truckin Away (10/3), Down The Highway (10/3), My Way (4/1), Mercy Mercy Me (7/1), Darlac (8/1), Alsa Mix (12/1), Quoi De Neuf (12/1), Trio For Rio (14/1), Amateur (66/1), Another Go (200/1)
- Down The Highway
- My Way
- Truckin Away
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