12:00 Kelso Sun 9 December 2018
1-10 in Irish PTP's and joined this yard from Colin Bowe for £21,000 in May 2017; off since; stable also represented by Ardglass Star.
£10,000 3yo; fairly low-key in a couple of recent runs in bumpers but starts off his hurdling career at a realistic level (dam was an unraced half-sister to 2m4f winner Cuteasafox); stable also represented by Alone No More.
£15,000 pick out of the Irish PTP scene; started 80/1 on hurdles debut at Market Rasen (2m2f+) 17-days ago and certainly didn't figure anything like a future winner; more time required.
Placed in three of his four starts in bumpers, with his best run arguably coming at Carlisle in March (2m1f) when beaten just 2½L by Dr Sanderson; trip and ground conceivably did him no favours on his recent hurdles debut.
Bought for £30,000 in May after finishing 14L third to Lock's Corner in a 3m Dawstown maiden; well-beaten last of five on bumper/stable debut at Musselburgh just under a fortnight ago; quickly sent hurdling.
Solid enough in bumpers, including when beaten a short-head by Sporting Press at Musselburgh in March (2m, good to soft) and made a pleasing start to his hurdles career in a similar modest 2m maiden at Ayr in May; holds every chance.
€30,000 3yo; has run to a similar level of form (under different riding tactics) in a couple of spins in bumpers, without appearing to be anything out of the ordinary; possible pace angle on hurdles debut; stablemate of Pinspot.
Yet to demonstrate much in the way of ability in bumpers or over hurdles despite the fact his dam was a winner in both disciplines; heavy ground a possible excuse at Ayr latest; trainer also saddles the less exposed Mint Gold.
Always held by the 5L winner Southfield Stone in a Taunton bumper last month, but this 4yo has travelled north from Devon for his hurdling debut (in a modest contest), so must enter the reckoning.
Has plenty of hurdling experience, twice finishing runner-up including on her latest outing in a mares' novices' at Musselburgh (beaten a neck); rated 107 and entirely possible that a run to that sort of figure will prove good enough.
Last Year's Winner
Romeo Brown (1/1), West Coast Lass (7/2), Leostar (6/1), Big Bad Dream (14/1), Armattiekan (14/1), Mint Gold (14/1), Bridane High (16/1), Alone No More (33/1), Pinspot (40/1), Ardglass Star (40/1), Express Des Mottes (80/1)
- Romeo Brown
- West Coast Lass
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