15:00 Sandown Fri 7 December 2018
Seldom seen elsewhere nowadays this admirable teenager even has a race named after him at this track; 5lb higher than when a shock 25/1 winner of this in 2017; can prove stronger for a recent run, yet needs a herculean effort knocking on 15.
Stablemate of Perform; 6-21 over fences and flitted in and out of form last season with a demolition job (from the outset) a clear highlight in a 3m Hexham Hunters' Chase (soft); probably not the force of old.
Stablemate of Mendip Express; in comparison to the vast majority of this field, he remains unexposed over fences after making just three starts; in obvious need of the race at Exeter latest (3m, good) on return from a 12-month absence.
Tailed-off (behind Perform) on return from a 22-month absence at Exeter (3m, good); undoubtedly has ability and handles soft ground, but whether or not Christian Williams can coax out his best form is debatable; wears newly applied cheekpieces.
Proper stayer (4L runner-up to Mysteree in the 2017 Eider Chase); has fallen back to a very handy mark (122) and is more than capable of making his presence felt against these rivals; reasonable place chance if returning in 'A1' condition.
Weakened after racing prominently throughout on seasonal debut at his beloved Ludlow (3m1f, good); possibility of better to come but requires a career best effort in order to score from his current mark; wouldn't want too much more rain.
Capitalised on a much reduced handicap mark when taking full advantage of a fall from his challenging rival (Mont Royale) in a Class 3 veterans' handicap at Southwell latest; reasonable place chance off a 4lb higher mark; handles most conditions.
Three years the junior of his nearest rival in terms of age and has the assistance of Lisa O'Neill in the saddle; jumps well, stays well, and is the horse with the strongest recent form (¾L runner-up to Sam Red at Cheltenham); solid.
Last Year's Winner
|Pete The Feat||13||11-9||25/1|
|T: C E LongsdonJ: Mr D Skehan|
Knockanrawley (11/4), Perform (9/2), Fifty Shades (9/2), Mendip Express (6/1), Wicked Willy (15/2), Pete The Feat (8/1), Potters Corner (8/1), Thomas Crapper (9/1), Hey Bill (20/1)
- Fifty Shades
- Thomas Crapper
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