14:20 Hexham Wed 12 December 2018
Tongue-tie and cheekpieces are now applied following a below-par performance on seasonal reappearance at Uttoxeter (2m4f) last month; remains a maiden (0-9).
3lb higher than when making all and beating Tickenwolf by ½L at Sedgefield (3m3f, good) on penultimate start; his strongest form has come on a sound surface.
Readily drew clear from three out when scoring by 19L over fences here (3m, soft) in October; beaten since but no real surprise if he's firmly in the mix over hurdles in optimum ground conditions.
13-race maiden; runner-up in four of his last five starts, including off a 4lb lower mark here (2m4f, heavy) in November 2017; up in trip with a promising 7lb claimer in the saddle.
Determined C&D winner in June 2017 (good); 4lb higher in the weights today but with the benefit of a recent and presumably much needed run (2m3f+) under his belt.
Slipping in the weights; tailed-off last of ten on his first start since August 2017 only a fortnight ago; various additional aids applied - tongue-tie and visor.
Gained his first ever hurdles win at the 20th attempt when scoring by 13L at Sedgefield (3m3f, good) in March 2017; off for 20 months thereafter, only reappearing at Sedgefield 34 days ago.
20-race maiden, albeit with plenty of placed form in Ireland (2m4f-2m6f) for previous trainer Eoin Doyle; runner up to a well handicapped rival at Wincanton (2m4f, good to firm) latest; first ever Hexham runner for Christian Williams.
Excellent overall C&D record (2421), but with the caveat that those figures were achieved on good ground; remains on a highly competitive mark (a mere 2lb higher than his last winning figure); solid chance if handling the ground conditions.
Winner over C&D off a 2lb higher mark on heavy ground in September 2017 (beating Western Jo by 5L); largely disappointing since, bar another C&D second in March; possible that a return to this track is the solution.
Lightly raced half-brother to the useful 2m hurdle winner Cyrus Moriviere; finished a never dangerous seventh to Lawtop Legend over C&D latest (good); stable belatedly back among the winners at Musselburgh on Monday.
Last Year's Winner
Nemean Lion (5/1), Misfits (11/2), Lawtop Legend (11/2), Cottonvale (13/2), Kalaharry (8/1), Espoir Moriviere (8/1), Along Came Theo (8/1), Onwiththeparty (12/1), It's All About Me (14/1), Pershing Missile (14/1), Turtle Cask (28/1), Overtheedge (50/1)
- Along Came Theo
- Espoir Moriviere
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