13:55 Huntingdon Sun 9 December 2018
C&D winner whose last win came in this sphere off a 3lb lower mark but that was over a year ago now. Last two starts since returning from a break (both at Wetherby) have been modest and others make more appeal.
Back from a break and plunged in grade last time which enabled him to record a much needed win despite the fact he has won in higher grades before. Now forced back up in grade he didn't win with much to spare last time; opposed on balance now.
His only handicap hurdles win came in a Class 2 event off a 1lb lower mark earlier this year. Has run some sound enough races of late but was given too much to do last time by today's rider at Doncaster; came from too far off the pace.
Has ruined his winning chance on several occasions over hurdles with weak finishes but does travel well in his races. In good form on the Flat over the summer (won over 1m4f); ran a sound enough race on his hurdles return (winner was very well-in).
Made more impact over hurdles than he did in Irish points causing a shock on debut over C&D. Given a break he was then given a tough task in an Ascot handicap (pulled too hard) but this looks a little easier if he settles with the hood removed.
In good form over the summer months taking three handicaps under today's rider on a decent surface. Didn't run too badly last time in a race that wasn't run to suit at Wincanton over 4f further; would want any further rain and needs a pace to aim at.
Gradually improving sort in novice hurdles who won on his hurdling debut and has bettered that form since without posting another win. Now switches to handicaps for the first time off a mark which looks competitive but may just need the experience.
You need to go back a fair way to find his winning form which consists of back-to-back Fakenham novice hurdles at up to 2m4f. Lightly-raced since then he returns from a long absence having failed to complete in his last four starts; best watched.
Returned from a two year absence last time at Hereford over 2m to show that he still retains some ability although he remains 10lb above his last winning mark. Took a strong hold last time but an interesting sort to monitor in the market.
Useful Flat horse (rated 100+ in his pomp) he's not been seen over hurdles since June 2016 when he finished well held off a 4lb higher mark. Won over C&D on his hurdles debut and clearly well handicapped if he can find some of his old spark.
Flat form was decent and he's now going the right way over hurdles having won his last two races in conditionals events (led both times). Same rider on board here and needs to step up his game (and jumping) again from a 6lb higher mark.
Won a couple of weak handicap hurdles (the 2nd a seller) when with Neil Mulholland over 2m. Has run poorly on the Flat and over hurdles for his new yard and fails to make much appeal here in a much tougher grade.
Last Year's Winner
Sparkleandshine (11/4), William H Bonney (7/2), Shiroccan Roll (11/2), Eskendash (7/1), Blushing Red (7/1), Mister Universum (16/1), Raven's Tower (16/1), Great Hall (20/1), Romanor (20/1), Furiously Fast (20/1), Collodi (50/1), Prince Of Steal (80/1)
- Furiously Fast
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