11:55 Aintree Sat 8 December 2018
Dual good ground winner in the summer including over C&D. Fourth next followed by subsequent seconds at Carlisle and Haydock but all on good. Ground here then very much the doubt now and no margin for error under a double penalty.
French import was highly impressive in a 14-runner Sandown maiden hurdle (heavy) when winning by an eased down 4½L. Carries a penalty now but will still take all the beating based on that performance.
Bought for €68,000 after a promising second in his second point-to-point in Ireland. Winner of that second and third thus far under rules. Joined champion trainer who is in great form and unparalleled with novice hurdlers so has to be respected.
101-rated four time winner on the flat for William Haggas at up to 2m bought for 170,000gns subsequently at a horses in training sale. Will certainly be one of the highest rated flat performers to go hurdling this season and merits maximum respect.
Seven race maiden has shown some ability but was 20L behind Eldorado Allen two starts back and beaten 21L most recently so looks very much up against it here.
Martaline filly was last of 16 in a Warwick maiden hurdle at the end of last month and beaten over 70L in the end. Highly surprising if she is ready to play any major role here.
Last Year's Winner
|Mont Des Avaloirs||4||10-12||5/4|
|T: P F NichollsJ: Sean Bowen|
Eldorado Allen (8/13), Cause Toujours (11/4), The Grand Visir (9/1), Champagne Mystery (9/1), West To The Bridge (40/1), Bonbonniere (200/1)
- Eldorado Allen
- The Grand Visir
- Champagne Mystery
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