15:30 Sandown Fri 7 December 2018
Reverts to hurdling following a spell on the Flat which yielded a 1m2f win at Windsor (good to soft); allocated an opening jumps handicap mark of 115; runner-up at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) when last appearing over obstacles in April; chance.
79-rated on the Flat (handled cut); has progressed with each of his four starts over hurdles, culminating in a career best when finishing a keeping on second to Red Hot Chilly at Cheltenham (2m, good) three-weeks ago; races off a 4lb higher mark.
12-race maiden under all codes (55-rated on the Flat); hasn't raced over hurdles since his juvenile days in 2016/17 and a handicap mark of 112 wouldn't appear to be overly generous; look elsewhere.
Beaten 5L on hurdles debut by the now 125-rated He's A Goer (Warwick) and has had valid excuses since including at Cheltenham (grade) and Exeter (trip); sports a first time tongue-tie; ideally wouldn't want too much more rain.
65-rated on the Flat (0-6) but in truth has offered a fraction more over hurdles, despite remaining a maiden (0-4); best performance came when finishing 21L third (100/1) to Apple's Shakira in Cheltenham's Triumph Hurdle Trial in January.
Her dam Lady Karinga was a 2m5f hurdles winner and this filly has done okay over obstacles herself in a light racing career thus far; opening mark of 106 probably fair and she can win races at some point in the future (over further).
Former Irish racer (for Edward O'Grady); back from a five-month absence and relatively close to breaking the maiden tag (beaten 10L) so to speak on stable debut at Fontwell (2m3f) 19-days ago; drop back in trip not an immediately obvious move.
Hasn't really progressed since making a fair start to his hurdling career; albeit hasn't necessarily been helped by racing over trips in excess of 2m2f; fell (when beaten) on his most recent appearance and eases ever so slowly in the weights.
Last Year's Winner
|Cap Du Nord||4||10-9||9/2|
|T: Christian WilliamsJ: D F O'Regan|
My Brother (2/1), Thistimenextyear (5/2), Shaw's Cross (9/2), Primal Focus (8/1), Vlannon (10/1), Malangen (12/1), Alcanar (12/1), Kestrel Valley (20/1), Ulysses (20/1)
- My Brother
- Kestrel Valley
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