14:00 Lingfield Mon 10 December 2018
Novice hurdle winner in September at Warwick finished second next but was too keen latest and pulled up. Switched to handicap for first time now and drops back in trip on much softer ground. Trip a positive and should handle ground so not ruled out.
Short-head winner of this race 12 months ago (soft) flopped next but again showed liking for this C&D next when a 1L second on heavy. 5lb higher this time and no prep which he'd had last year but still has possibilities here.
Over two years since last win and not won on conditions as testing as these. Couple of his better runs last term would give him a shout here but others have more compelling claims especially given he's first time out.
Hereford maiden hurdle winner (heavy) was still going well next when falling two out. Pulled-up on recent return in a Sandown handicap but that a considerably stronger contest than this so should fare much better here.
Won three times in total for Paul Nicholls although the only hurdle success a Taunton maiden almost two years ago. Third and second in last two starts at Wincanton but they came on good to firm and firm and conditions here far less suitable.
Heavy ground Towcester winner last season ran well the next twice to end the campaign. Not performed at nearly that level this term however including over this trip on heavy last time. Leap of faith required now.
25L winner on stable debut in a heavy ground Warwick maiden last March. Made return when a good second at the same venue on good last month on handicap debut and with testing conditions now he makes plenty of appeal.
Good record over hurdles and while he hasn't won since Feb 2017 most of the runs since have been over fences where he seems less effective. Little disappointing back over hurdles latest but softer ground here so hopefully show more.
1m2f flat winner for Roger Varian showed little in four starts over hurdles so far and beaten by over 20L in all of them. Beaten 38L in a C&D novice hurdle latest so hard to be optimistic here.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore|
Chief Brody (11/4), Gregarious (11/4), The Gipper (4/1), The Cannister Man (6/1), Volpone Jelois (9/1), Clayton (10/1), Eddiemaurice (12/1), He's A Goer (12/1), Royal Sunday (14/1), Oden (20/1), Harmonise (25/1)
- Chief Brody
- The Cannister Man
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