13:35 Kelso Sun 9 December 2018
4-6 in French bumpers (1m1f-1m4f) prior to joining James Ewart; most likely appreciated the sounder racing surface at Newcastle (2m) when finishing over 10L third to Weather Front latest; stiff mark for handicap debut.
Bought for £8,000 after winning a good-ground Hexham seller in May (for Brian Ellison); slipping slowly back down the weights and still early days wearing the tongue-tie; riders 7lb claim helpful.
Yet to necessarily suggest that he's capable of winning over hurdles (0-5), but he was a Flat winner for Andrew Balding in 2015 and it remains early days for in-form handler Nick Alexander.
Stablemate of Prince Dundee; beaten 7L (third) by Idee De Garde on debut in an Ayr bumper in January; hasn't kicked on since over hurdles and an opening handicap mark of 102 looks tough.
Rebecca Menzies deserves some credit for the way she's handled this once frustrating 9yo; made it 2-75 when winning by 12L (for this rider) at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last week; respected under a 7lb penalty.
Competes over hurdles for the first time since December 2017 (0-4); has left the care of Lawrence Mullaney since running on the Flat at Catterick in October; others preferred.
No boundaries, and no singles either; remains win-less (0-7 over hurdles) with precious few obvious signs that will be changing anytime soon; not considered.
C&D winner (soft) off a 6lb higher mark in April 2016; has rather lost his way since then; only of interest if the market speaks positively on return from a near 12-month absence.
Hasn't seen much action over hurdles in recent times (0-5) but despite a slowly falling handicap mark, it's nigh impossible to be enthusiastic about her chances (win or place); look elsewhere.
Stablemate of Thepensionfund; switched to handicap company for the first time after showing very little in the way of worthwhile form for Lucinda Russell; half-brother to winning 2m-2m4f hurdler/chaser Ben Dundee; should be given more time.
Modest overall strike-rate (5-51); on the premises and possibly not aided by various hurdle omissions when finishing 6¾L fourth to Iolani over C&D in October; placed over fences at Ayr latest; obvious player off a lightweight.
Last Year's Winner
Xpo Universel (7/4), Las Tunas (5/1), Prince Dundee (7/1), Age Of Glory (7/1), Empire De Maulde (9/1), Newstart (11/1), No Boundaries (14/1), Thepensionfund (14/1), Jokers And Rogues (16/1), Ballynanty (16/1), Wishing Well (33/1), Bogardus (50/1)
- Las Tunas
- Age Of Glory
- Xpo Universel
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